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.
Introduction: Raise the Curtain on the Theater of Western Buddhism!
Why Western Buddhism?
Theaters Comforting, Theaters Cruel
1. The Snares of Wisdom
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
François Laruelle and Non-Philosophy
A Science of Buddhism
5. Immanent Practice
The Great Feast of Knowledge
Thinking from the Real-One
Interlude: The Immanence of an Actual Suffering
The Deliverance of Fiction
A Buddhism without a Past
7. Meditation in Ruin
"This is a rich disagreement!" Conversation with Tom Pepper at Speculative Non-Buddhism.
I moved the Incite Seminars page to inciteseminars.com. Please have a look!
Starting enrollment for two public courses: "Alienation and Its Antidotes: A Workshop with Anthony Paul Smith on the Thought of François Laruelle."
"Meditation: Self and Society" Monday mornings
September 25-October 16.
Information on Incite Seminars.
Tom Pepper at Speculative Non-Buddhism: "No Thought, No Problem."
Starting enrollment for public course "Buddhism in the Age of Trump." Begins Tuesday, June 13. Information on Incite Seminars page. Make thinking great again!
New post at Speculative Non-Buddhism by Jonathan Earle: "Only Don’t Know! Reflections on a Thoughtless Life"
"Criticism Matters: A Response to Rick Repetti," my contribution to the new book Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context and Social Engagement (Basel: Springer Publishing, 2016) at Speculative Non-Buddhism.
New essay by Tom Pepper, "Writing With Pencils and Eating Brownies: What Can Enlightened Brains Do?," at the SNB blog.
I recently did two interviews with Matthew O'Connell at the Imperfect Buddha podcast.
A thoughtful discussion of the Speculative Non-Buddhism project at the Imperfect Buddha podcast. Link at SNB.
* Several new posts at Lines of Flight.
* New interview with my Ruin band mate Cordy Swope at Seymour Magazine.