New essay by Tom Pepper, "Writing With Pencils and Eating Brownies: What Can Enlightened Brains Do?," at the SNB blog.
I recently did two interviews with Matthew O'Connell at the Imperfect Buddha podcast.
A thoughtful discussion of the Speculative Non-Buddhism project at the Imperfect Buddha podcast. Link at SNB.
* Several new posts at Lines of Flight.
* New interview with my Ruin band mate Cordy Swope at Seymour Magazine.
I hold a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from Harvard University's Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies. My scholarly work focuses on various aspects of Buddhism. For a long time, I was concerned with how to make classical Buddhist literature, philosophy, and practice relevant to contemporary life. So, my earlier work stems from that concern.
My recent work is best summed up in the title for a book I am currently writing for Bloomsbury: A Critique of Western Buddhism: The Self-Help Myth. My critique draws from François Laruelle's non-philosophy and Peter Sloterdijk's anthropotechnic.
Since the early 1990s, I have taught in the religion departments of several universities, including the University of Georgia (where I received tenure), Brown University, Bowdoin College, and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Currently, I am associate professor and chair of the Applied Meditation Studies program at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies. The Institute is an emerging leader of integrative education. It is located just outside of Philadelphia, in Glenside, Pa. It is a fifteen minute train ride from downtown Philadelphia, a one and a half hour commute from New York City, and a two and a half hour commute from Washington, D.C.