Topics in the Dharma
The essays linked here represent a Westerner’s (mine) understanding of the Dharma. Whereas it is important that traditional understandings and certainly the Buddha’s intent be preserved, I see value in the fresh and critical eye Westerner’s will view the traditional teachings. In many cases there will be a lot of weeding out of various unnecessary of misleading accretions, in other reexamination of unquestioned assumptions. At the same time I believe it is important not to tinker with the traditional teachings through a naive imposition of Western preconceptions. In many of my essays I also seek new ways and fresh metaphors to improve the Western understanding of the Dharma. I have also included a number of links I find valuable in my own Buddhist Studies, that I hope you will find valuable in yours.
- The Potter and the Noble Eightfold Path: The perfection of human skill.
- The Posture of Practice: Dogen and Gandhi on Liberation. (pdf)
- No Gaining No Knowing: “The vast sky does not obstruct the floating white clouds,” a koan (pdf)
- From Thought to Destiny (ongoing serial): Teachings on Karma and modern perspectives
- How to Read the Suttas. The search for authenticity. (in preparation)
- Vipassana and Shikantaza (in preparation)
- “It’s the Mind Ringing.” Explorations in the nonduality of suchness. (in preparation)
Audio Dhamma Talks
- Economy of Gifts, Austin Zen Center, May 8, 2010. (mp3)
Links for Buddhist Studies.
- Access to Insight. Theravada Site with many translations of, and essays about Sittas and Vinaya.
- BuddhaNet. Buddhist Information and Education Network, very comprehensive for all schools of Buddhism.
- BuddhaSasana. Many on-line books and articles.
- What-Buddha-Taught.net. A Collection of Practical Theravada essays mostly by monks and nuns, both Asian and Western.
- A Buddhist Library. Many essays, all schools.