Articles

Here is a selection of some articles that I have written. You can find more at academia.edu. Also see Speculative Non-Buddhism for some 200 posts and 7,000 comments on topics related to the critique of Buddhism.

 

 

SELECTED ARTICLES

 

In Augury of Oneness Restored
Heuristic to Cruel Theory|Sublime Practice

Criticism Matters: A Response to Rick Repetti

Chapter 33 in Ronald E. Purser, David Forbes, Adam Burke (eds.), Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context, and Social Engagement (Basel: Springer International Publishing, 2016): 495-504.

On the Faith of Secular Buddhists

Examines the faith at the heart of this formation

Spectral Discourse: How Buddhists Talk

A reflection on intra-Buddhist communication using Jacques Lacan's four discourses and Ludwik Fleck's thoughts on incommensurability.

Spekulativer Non-Buddhismus

German translation and annotation of "Nascent Speculative Non-Buddhism" by Matthias Steingass.

Nascent Speculative Non-Buddhism

An early attempt to think through a theory toward a critique of x-buddhism using the thought of Francois Laruelle.

Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, vol. 12, issue 35 (Summer 2013): 222-247. ISSN: 1583-0039

Gautama vs. the Buddha

Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly, volume 8, number 2, Winter 2009: 68-73.

On Translation

Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly, volume 7, number 4, Summer 2009: 83-85.

Gotama the Seeker Wrote a Very Strange Poem

Introduction to "Forum: Does Buddhism make you happier? Debating the Third Noble Truth," Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly, volume 6, number 3, Spring 2008: 32.

Oṃ Vākyeda Namaḥ: Mañjuśrī’s Mantra and Its Uses
In Edward Arnold (ed.), As Long As Space Endures: Essays on the Kalachakra Tantra in Honor of H.H. the Dalai Lama, (Ithaca: Snow Lion         Publications, 2009): 169-178.

Sabba: the All

Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly, volume 7, number 2, Winter 2008: 78-79.

What's Dukkha? What's Not?

Shambhala Sun, volume 16, number 5, May 2008: 47-48.

The Buddha Counsels a Theist: A Reading of the Tevijjasutta (Dighanikaya 13)

Religion 38 (2008): 54-67.

Forum: Do you believe in miracles?

Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly, volume 7, number 1, Spring 2008.

Advayavajra's Instructions on the adikarma

Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, fall 2003 [appeared Fall 2004]: 203-230.

The Buddha's Remains: mantra in the Mañjusrimulakalpa

Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, volume 24, number 1, 2001/1: 89-125.

Interviews and Podcasts)"Wer war Han Shan? Buddhistische Denkfiguren bei Rolf Dieter Brinkmann." In: Karl-Eckhard Carius (ed..), Rolf Dieter Brinkmann Schnitte im Atemschutz (Rowohlt: München: text + kritik, 2008). [With Martin Kagel; in German.]: 132-141.

 

REVIEWS AND ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES

 

"Helmuth von Glasenapp," in The Encyclopedia of Religion, Second Edition, Lindsay Jones, editor in chief (New York: MacMillan Reference, 2004).

 

"Mahasiddhas," in Holy People of the World: An Encyclopedia, Phyllis G. Jestice, editor (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Publishers, 2004).

 

"Tilopa," in Holy People of the World: An Encyclopedia, Phyllis G. Jestice, editor (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Publishers, 2004).

 

Booknote on Bibliographical Sources for Buddhist Studies: From the Viewpoint of Buddhist Philology. Addenda III, by Yasuhiro Sueki, in Religious Studies Review, January, 2002.

 

Review of Violence and Subjectivity, by V. Das, A. Kleinman, M. Ramphele, and P. Richards, editors, in The International Journal of Hindu Studies, April, 2001.

 

Review of The Faces of Buddhism in America, by C. Prebish and K. Tanaka, editors, in The International Journal of Hindu Studies, April, 2000.

 

TRANSLATIONS

 

Cornelia Mallebrein, "Inscriptional Sources for the Dating of the Historical Buddha in India: The Bodh-Gaya inscription, dated 1813 A.N." In: Heinz Bechert (ed.), When did the Buddha Live? The controversy on the dating of the historical Buddha (Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications, 1995). From German.

 

Andre Bareau, "Some considerations concerning the problem posed by the date of the Buddha's Parinirvana." In: Heinz Bechert (ed.), When did the Buddha Live? The controversy on the dating of the historical Buddha (Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications, 1995). From French.

 

Franz-Johannes Litsch, "Engaged Buddhsim in German-speaking Europe." In: Christopher Queen, Engaged Buddhism in the West (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2000). From German.

 

SELECTED PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS 

 

(See also Interviews and Podcasts)

 

"The Case Against Buddhism." Harvard University Divinity School. Cambridge Massachusetts.

 

"Classical Buddhist View of Consciousness," Arcadia University, Psychology Department, Glenside, Pennsylvania.

 

"Gotama and God." Philadelphia Buddhist Association. Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.

 

"Gotama the Philosopher." Cornell University. (Co-Sponsored by the Cornell Store, the Cornell Library, Cornell East Asia Outreach Program, Cornell South Asia Program, Cornell Southeast Asia Program and Namgyal
Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies).

 

"What is 'Buddhist Psychology?' Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

 

"Components of the Buddha's Meditation Practice," Athens Zen Group, Athens, Georgia.

 

"How did Gotama become the Buddha? An Examination of the Anapanasati
Sutta." The Won Institute of Graduate Studies. Glenside, Pennsylvania.

 

"Empty Palace: the Buddha's Conversations with Theists." Cullum Lectures. Augusta State University. Augusta, Georgia.

 

"Understanding a Buddhist Ritual." Cullum Lectures. Augusta State University. Augusta, Georgia.

 

"In the Beginning Was . . . Who Knows? The Value of Bewilderment in Indian
Religions." William and Mary College. Williamsburg, Virginia.

 

"The adikarma as 'primary practice.'" Conference of the American Oriental Society. Nashville, Tennessee.

 

"The Labor of Understanding." McGill University. Montreal, Canada.

 

"To what does 'Religion' Refer?" Hood College, Frederick, Maryland.

 

"Knowing and Doing in Indian Ritual." Bowdoin College, Brunswick , Maine.

 

"Vision and Cult: Understanding a Buddhist Ritual." St. Mary's College, St. Mary City, Maryland.

 

"How to Read a Buddhist Text," Conference of the American Oriental Society,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.



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