Dogen, Spinoza, and Whitehead by Seth Segall

Check out this interesting post by my cousin, Seth Segall, over at the Existential Buddhist. The topics Seth discusses include whether consciousness is emergent from or intrinsic to the physical world, the place of values (human or otherwise) in the universe, and the variety of God concepts available to those willing to philosophize about such matters. Seth [...]

The Americosmos by Darrin Drda

Below is a mandalic depiction of the shadow side of the American way of life, drawn by my friend Darrin Drda, author of The Four Global Truths: Awakening to the Peril and Promise of Our Times. It is modeled after the Tibetan Buddhist Bhavacakra (a mandalic depiction of samsara). Darrin's description of the various realms is [...]

God and Religious Experience in Whitehead: another response to Levi Bryant

Levi Bryant has problematized my attempt to clarify Whitehead's position on the function of divinity in the universe. He writes: "You make the claim that without God there would be chaos and no order. This is a problematic claim for two reasons. First, you have repeatedly tried to claim that God isn't supposed to explain [...]

Death as Trickster

A reflection after participating in Steven Goodman's "Tibetan Trickster" workshop at CIIS several weekends ago. See my follow up comments to this essay here. --------------------------------------------------------------------- I should begin. I don't know how much time I have... I'd like to tell you a secret, even though I'm not sure if I can repeat it exactly as [...]

Religious Dialogue as Soul-Making: A Prayer to Buddha and Christ

Why Religious Dialogue? Interreligious dialogue is not a distant possibility but a present necessity. This essay is a response to this need, but it is written also as an intrareligious dialogue. This is because the conditioned nature of my own personality, having been historically shaped into what it is by my unique imaginal participation in [...]

Gnostic Consciousness: Knowing with Spiritual Beings

Introduction Despite my resolute sense of the sacred nature of earthly existence, religious belief has yet to strike me as a particularly appropriate form of response to the presence of the holy. Belief is to be distinguished from Faith, in that believing implies conceiving of the existence of spiritual beings without the perceptual experience to [...]