In the following pages (links to your left), I give links for books, articles, essays, and blog posts that I have written.
I see myself as coming into the fourth phase of my intellectual life. Initally, my academic work was philologically oriented, concentrating on Sanskrit and Tibetan sources. I focused on various aspects of medieval Indian Buddhist literature related primarily to ritual. My first book and earliest articles reflect these interests.
In my second phase, I studied and translated from the ancient Indian Buddhist canon as preserved in the middle Indic language known as Pali. I was particularly interested in the liberal humanist "cultural translation" project of enabling the "wisdom" of Buddhism to speak to twenty-first century westerners. My next three books reflect this approach.
In my third phase, I expanded on that interest to include the interface between ancient Buddhist literature and practice and modern psychology. These expanded interests were reflected in my teaching position at that time, which combined the training of professionals (psychologists, physicians, social workers, educators, and so on) in meditation practice and theory along with continued scholarly research.
Finally, in my current phase, I have abandoned the philological, liberal humanist, and applied meditation projects. My current interest is, however, a result of working in those sympathetic modes. I am now interested in developing a critical model for understanding the identity of Buddhism, particularly in its current western presentation, as something like a critique subsumed within an ideology subsumed within a faith. My contribution to Cruel Theory/Sublime Practice and my upcoming book A Critique of Western Buddhism are the most recent examples.
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