Thanks for visiting my website. The site has information about three areas of my life: my public teaching project called Incite Seminars; my work in Buddhist studies and Speculative Non-Buddhism; and playing music with Ruin; In some strange way, all of these activities are connected.
I hold a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from Harvard University's Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies. My training was mainly philological, concentrating on Sanskrit, Pali, and Tibetan Buddhist literature. For a long time, I have been concerned with how to make classical Buddhist literature, philosophy, and practice relevant to contemporary life. So, much of my work stems from that concern.
I have written books and articles on various aspects of Buddhism. Some of this work is intended for the public, some is more specialized. I have also practiced for many years in several Buddhist traditions, including Vipassana, Dzogchen, and mainly Soto Zen. At various periods in my life, I have led meditation groups and offered retreats.
My recent work is best summed up in the title of my recent book: A Critique of Western Buddhism: Ruins of the Buddhist Real Bloomsbury). My critique draws from François Laruelle's non-philosophy. The blog I founded in 2011, Speculative Non-Buddhism, contains many essays, by me and others, that reflect this critical direction.
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, my main activity is with Incite Seminars, in Philadelphia and online.
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[Home page image: Philadelphia Mural Arts Project]
Keep an eye on our rigorous and rebellious program of seminars by visiting Incite Seminars.