Buddhism, philosophy and disorders

Ohh, sometimes I so wish I was still living in England... Perhaps one day I'll go back as I finish up my doctorate or for post-doc work. Likely not too soon, as all is well here and even with the economy going down, work for me is secure and plentiful.In any case, this jumped out at me today:VICES AND DISORDERSLANCASTER UNIVERSITY FRIDAY 13TH MARCHFUNDED BY THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY AND THE SOCIETY FOR APPLIED PHILOSOPHYThe workshop is free and open to all, but places are limited.Please … [Read more...]

Gregory Schopen Interviewed

Gregory Schopen is, without a doubt, one of the great living scholars of Buddhism, and arguably one of the greatest in Western history.Just turning to the references page of one recent book, Paul Williams' "Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations" and you find Schopen referred to nearly 20 times. That's way more than Tsong kha pa, way more than D.T. Suzuki, more than Paul's colleague and also-great Buddhologist Rupert Gethin, and it's even more than you'll find to such massive historical … [Read more...]

Monochrome Friday: Coffee First

This is Sjors (pronounced Shorsh), a Dutch web designer who lived with me in our flat, "Batavia Mews" in London last year. The place was bleak, even for English standards. At times the whole building had no heat, it was constantly infested with mice (other parts had rats and cockroaches, and our flat had pigeons roosting in the walls after I left), and the complacent management conveniently blamed everything on us students.But despite it all, we had fun together. We escaped when we could, to … [Read more...]

Summer Plans – Courses, Conferences, and more

Spring is not yet here (definitely not in Missoula as we just received a massive flurry of snow) and I'm already planning for summer. It's a bit unlike me, but lets give it a whirl.Some conferences/classes I'd like to be in/at this summer (and spring):Theory and Philosophy Summer School 4-8 May 2009Organised by the School of Sociology and Philosophy, University College Cork The Theory and Philosophy Summer School is an intensive course in theories, concepts and methods of inquiry … [Read more...]

Techy Learning, Mindfulness, and Philosophy

One of my major projects at The Center for Ethics these days has been coordinating and overseeing wiki learning environments. For those who have never worked in wiki, it's a bit daunting. But after the steep learning curve faces light up as users begin to see a world of possibilities opening up.Slowly but surely we are dumping expensive proprietary software (the most common is Blackboard) in favor of this free and virtually limitless learning environment. It has tremendous potential to bring … [Read more...]

Remembering Burma

http://uscampaignforburma.org* photo by author from a March for Burma, London, October 6, 2007. … [Read more...]

Life: Monday Morning Randoms

Sitting - sore back (hard bed in Helena). Needing, no - wanting - better office chair for home. Enjoying Missoula - so many wonderful people. Life, pretty good here. Recession, will hit us next year (Montana is behind the curve on practically everything). Nostalgic a bit for Bristol, hearing from many old acquaintances, friends and classmates after Ken's passing. Funny, how even in death he is bringing people together. A wonderful man.Not so nostalgic for London, but happy for my recent … [Read more...]

Sutta Study: the Saccavibhanga Sutta

In this sutta, Sariputta, a key disciple of the Buddha, recounts the teaching of the Four Noble Truths.Today my interest is in mainly linguistic analysis of the last couple paragraphs of the sutta, in which Sariputta describes Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration.We can begin with the location of the sutta. It is found in the Vibhaṅgavaggo of the Uparipaṇṇāsapāḷi portion of the Majjhimanikāya in the Suttapiṭaka.In English, this sutta, or discourse, is called the Classification of Truth Disc … [Read more...]