The real problem with such projects is that they tend to discard the rich cultural heritage of a Buddhism that sought to liberate all living beings from suffering in favor of a Buddhism for which the ultimate goal is becoming, to repeat Gopnik's words, "somewhat less irritable."
In January, I taught a course titled "Zen masters: history and criticism." The course outline was as follows: “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” “What was your name before you were born?” Though this course might not give you the correct answer to such mysterious questions, it will explore the characters that ask…Read more Student Project on Contemporary Zen Masters
As you know, I've been working on a piece on science fiction, utopia, and environmental thought. In a previous post, I wrote about a conference paper based on this research. Now, I'm proud to announce that I'm organizing a session for IFER on this topic, featuring two literature scholars whose work can be situated within…Read more Literature and Ecology
Working with Ike Sharpless on a session on science fiction and the environment, I was introduced to the dark science fiction series Black Mirror. One episode of this series, "Fifteen Million Merits," particularly affected my appreciation of how science fiction can propose new ways of thinking about the environment, something that has been my concern for a while now.
I often get asked what I am doing, and as any academic I have had to learn how to present my research in an accessible manner. Below, I have (with permission) posted a letter to the Friends of the International Center, who kindly sponsored my research this past summer. In it, I present my research…Read more My dissertation in plain language