I’ve decided to remake this blog. It’s been an on-again, off-again project, interrupted by attempts to create other blogs. But since this one routinely got 30+ times more daily hits than anything else and is decidedly the most general repository for my thoughts and book reviews, I’ve decided to centralize all my posts here.
The blog is my ongoing discourse about contemplative science—especially Buddhism and yoga and their related subjects. I am especially interested in how Buddhism addresses character formation via what I call “the Bodhisattva Project.” To this end, there will be lots of book reviews as well essays and other odds and ends. I welcome feedback, but please understand that I’m not interested in being told what to think (a few people have tried), though you are certainly welcome to try persuading me. (The line between these two, I realize, can be subtle.)
As for me, I have bachelor’s degrees in psychology and comparative religion, and a master’s in business. These days I live a rather unextraordinary life, married with kids while holding down a finance related job and running a real estate business with my sister on the side. “In the days of my youth” (Led Zeppelin) I wandered and roved, spending eight years in Asia and circling the globe. I’ve lived in temples and monasteries, a cave, a jungle hut, taught English as a second language and did a few things I’m rather embarrassed by.
Regarding Buddhism: my bias is towards the Pali suttas—no other texts can claim veracity as regards the historical Buddha, though this is not to say subsequent developments did not add anything worthy to Buddhist contemplative technologies. I think the later Buddhist melding with Hindu tantra, which resulted in the Vajrayana, was especially fruitful, but pride of place has to go to the Bodhisattva doctrine, perhaps the most heroic and sublime religio-spiritual ideal ever conceived. I will be reading and writing a lot about that on this blog; actually, I’ve already written a fair bit, but on other venues, now moving here.