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  • Dion Smith (Friday, November 03 17 10:32 am EDT)

    Mr Wallis
    I recently started a new blog: "MakeAmericaModerateAgain" (link below). In a few of my initial posts, I had the opportunity to quote from your excellent translations of a couple of suttas from the Pali Canon (from "Basic Teachings of the Buddha"), so thanks! Here is the link:
    Dion Smith

  • Ray (Tuesday, September 05 17 12:52 pm EDT)

    Dear Mr. Wallis, I'm also grateful for your great work and always come back to your translation of the Dhammapada.

    Also your guide to reading the text is simply brilliant.

  • Glen (Sunday, January 29 17 11:44 am EST)

    Mr Wallis. Having read several translations of the Dhammapada over the years; yours remains the most insightful – and as such a real benefit to my personal practice. Thank you.

  • Jonathan (Saturday, January 21 17 09:10 pm EST)

    Dear Glenn,

    I just want to thank you for the work you are doing on Speculative Non-Buddhism. I have been following the blog for a few months, and have since become an avid reader. I'm a senior in college and have been practicing x-buddhisms for about 7 years. The discovery of your blog has brought about an amazing shift in my internal life. S.N.B is truly an organon of nihilistic dissolution in the best way. It brought the ways in which I cling to buddhist teachings into sharp relief.
    Thanks again for the compassion and tools for destruction.


  • Kit (Thursday, October 20 16 09:47 pm EDT)

    Stoked to have found your website and SNB as well. I've had a copy of your translation of the Dhammapada for years but I had no clue about your other writings! I get the sense that I have found
    resources to answer spiritual and political questions that I have been pondering for a long time.

  • Matt Cummings (Friday, October 09 15 09:40 am EDT)

    Your note [16.12] in Basic Teachings of the Buddha made my day.

  • Burt Raabe (Sunday, December 21 14 08:15 pm EST)

    I reread your \"Essential Teachings of Buddha\" while on 10 day course (I know, I broke a rule). I enjoyed it and it complimented the course perfectly.

  • Rosalie (Wednesday, May 28 14 08:40 pm EDT)

    Stopping here (and the other spots I find you) helps me refocus, find the ground. You're good like that, Glenn.

  • T S Werren (Friday, March 14 14 03:01 am EDT)

    Hi recently read your basic teaching of Buddhism and it's an immensely well written but like you said Buddha was an Indian mendicant did not complete my reading he was born in Nepal.

  • Dan Moore (Saturday, February 01 14 06:11 pm EST)

    Dr. Wallis:
    This is Dan Moore from UGA.I took your class 10 years ago. Just wanted to say you were the best professor I ever had. Hope all is well.

  • Glenn Wallis (Friday, November 15 13 10:21 am EST)

    Dennis asks:
    "Are there any plans to make CT|SP available in ebook form?"

    Yes, the press is looking into to the best method of delivering the book electronically. Should be soon. I'll announce it on this site and on the Speculative Non-Buddhism blog. Thanks for your
    interest. --Glenn

  • Artashata (Saturday, February 02 13 03:50 pm EST)

    Thanks for all the work that you have done at SNB. The ideas presented there have contributed to the continued fashioning of the ramshackle edifice known as my worldview. May it continue!

  • Bryant Guy (Monday, January 28 13 08:22 pm EST)

    Hi Glenn, I'm a big fan (ugh! How cliche, and yet...). I love your work and your approach. Ill write you more on that another time. For now, there is a painting on the page of your essay "Works of
    the Spirit and the Hardness of Fate" which shows a tree fecund with animals and birds, etc. I was in rapt amazement at its depiction of exuberance. Could you please tell me the title and artist?
    Thank you. -Bryant Guy

  • Carl Stewart (Saturday, December 22 12 02:50 pm EST)

    NO GOD

  • Danny Moloney (Wednesday, May 23 12 07:53 am EDT)

    A lifelong on again/off again interest in meditation led me recently to an interest in Buddhist philosophy (i am not Buddhist). Tom suggested your blog to me back in December--I met him on a
    discussion board at one of the big glossies. Anyway, I follow your SNB blog every day (even thought about making it my home page)...what an unusual discussion of Buddhism, the only one of its kind
    I'm aware of, a rare gem. Thank you, thank you. Sorry I haven't been able to bring much to the feast...yet.
    Love Ovenbird as well.
    Keep up the great work and thanks again.

    peace and beer

  • Adam Hartland (Tuesday, March 20 12 05:23 am EDT)

    Glenn. Just read your essay, "Buddhist Manifesto", I really enjoyed it and appreciated it. I particularly enjoyed your reasoned style. You're very clear and persuasive. My wife has made me some hot
    chocolate and cookies so you'll understand if I leave it at that. Cheers, Adam.

  • Peter (Wednesday, February 01 12 05:41 pm EST)

    I don't know what link enabled me to stumble upon speculativenonbuddhism, but I've become strangely addicted. I don't understand a lot of it, but as an on-and-off flirter with Buddhism over the last
    30 years (more off than on) snb seems to be raising the sort of questions I keep coming back to.

  • robashito (Saturday, January 28 12 09:35 am EST)

    Glowing up in Tokyo and being absorbed by music in my teens, I stumbled across FIAT LUX in high school, 1986 I think, and that LP made an impression on me instantly. Yes, FIAT LUX was available as an
    import in Japan at a record store called DISK UNION. ...Just wanted to say thanks!

  • Mike Cross (Saturday, December 31 11 02:37 pm EST)

    Something about me? Non-Buddhist Zen Bastard.

    Found my way here through looking up bhāvanā on the internet. Directed to this file:
    Glenn Wallis, Bhavana: A Guide to Classical Buddhist Meditation, 2009, draft copy, p. 7

    Where the hell have you hidden it?

  • Kayden (Monday, December 05 11 04:01 am EST)

    For the love of God, keep wirting these articles.

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