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A Critique of Western Buddhism: Ruins of the Buddhist Real 

 

Bloomsbury Academic

 

ABOUT:

 

What are we to make of Western Buddhism? Glenn Wallis argues that in aligning their tradition with the contemporary self-help industry, Western Buddhists evade the consequences of Buddhist thought. This book shows that with concepts such as vanishing, nihility, extinction, contingency, and no-self, Buddhism, like all potent systems of thought, articulates a notion of the “real.” Raw, unflinching acceptance of this real is held by Buddhism to be at the very core of human “awakening.” Yet these preeminent human truths are universally shored up against in contemporary Buddhist practice, which contradicts the very heart of Buddhism.

The author's critique of Western Buddhism is threefold. It is immanent, in emerging out of Buddhist thought but taking it beyond what it itself publicly concedes; negative, in employing the “democratizing” deconstructive methods of François Laruelle's non-philosophy; and re-descriptive, in applying Laruelle's concept of philofiction. Through applying resources of Continental philosophy to Western Buddhism, A Critique of Western Buddhism suggests a possible practice for our time, an "anthropotechnic", or religion transposed from its seductive, but misguiding, idealist haven.

 

 

CONTENTS

 

Preface

Acknowledgements

 

PART ONE

Introduction: Raise the Curtain on the Theater of Western Buddhism!         

Why Western Buddhism?

Theaters Comforting, Theaters Cruel

 

1. The Snares of Wisdom

Wisdom

Wellbeing

Neoliberal Subjects are Us, Wise and Well

 

2. Specters of the Real

The Rhetorical Unconscious

The Principle of Sufficient Buddhism

 

3. First Names of the Buddhist Real

First Names

Self-void (anātman)

Suffering-desire (dukkha-taṇhā)

Nihility (śūnyatā)

 

PART TWO

4. Non-Buddhism

Preface

François Laruelle and Non-Philosophy

A Science of Buddhism

Decision

 

5. Immanent Practice

The Great Feast of Knowledge

Thinking from the Real-One

Interlude: The Immanence of an Actual Suffering

Radical Immanence

Axiomatic Real

 

PART THREE

6. Buddhofiction

The Deliverance of Fiction

A Buddhism without a Past

 

7. Meditation in Ruin

 

Bibliography

 

 

 

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