Dispatch from Hawai’i (Oahu actually)

Some brief reflections on my time so far in Hawai’i as the 48th annual Buddhist Studies Center Summer Session speaker: I am learning so much. Being in another part of the world, talking to real live three-dimensional people, engaging in conversation — this is all good stuff. The most important thing I am learning —Continue reading “Dispatch from Hawai’i (Oahu actually)”

What’s in a name/face?

What’s in a name? Long-time readers and friends may know this story, but for those just joining us, here’s an answer to the question “why djbuddha?” This website actually grew out of a different website I created a long time ago, back when Bush, Jr. was president, and I was still in grad school. That websiteContinue reading “What’s in a name/face?”

Angry Asian Buddhist

As many long-time readers probably know, a little over two years ago we lost an important voice for critical reflection on race and representation in American Buddhism — Aaron Lee, the man behind the blog the Angry Asian Buddhist. Aaron blogged anonymously as “arunlikhati” for nearly a decade on his own blog as well asContinue reading “Angry Asian Buddhist”

#humanehumanities

Pierce Salguero organized a meet-up at the AAR last month, bringing together folks interested in specific strategies and resources for how to make academic life more humane, compassionate, and just. One specific outcome of that meeting was the desire to formalize in some way this “movement” (if it is a movement), and so Pierce andContinue reading “#humanehumanities”

this is not the end: this is america

This is not a call to arms. Hat tip to Richard Payne for alerting me to a post (now nearly two months old) by Glenn Wallis regarding the Mindfulness Living Week and the “tipping point” of American Buddhism. You should read Wallis’ piece while listening to Childish Gambino’s “This is America.” As Payne reminds us,Continue reading “this is not the end: this is america”

doubt and the manifesto

*Note: spitting this out during a bout of writer’s block was rather cathartic. Hopefully it will be entertaining for others as well.  Sometimes, you agree to write something because you’ve been invited, or cajoled, or downright ordered to, by someone (quite possibly a mentor or someone you owe very nearly everything to). You are invited, andContinue reading “doubt and the manifesto”

all/nothing

You are you who are. You are not a bombthrower. You value friendship over allyship, collaboration over partisanship, civility over cruelty, cocktails over asceticism, and you’ve used this space to argue repeatedly for those things. Not everyone will agree that you’ve made the right decisions, or that these approaches are the rights ones in our dystopianContinue reading “all/nothing”