The blog was the starting point for the whole site and the inspiration for the podcast. Its content is based on an experimental exploration of Buddhism by Matthew O’Connell carried out over the last ten years. Focusing primarily on a post-traditional approach, and drawing on non-Buddhism, as well as the ideal of The Great Feast, it explores a variety of important aspects of contemporary western Buddhism, and more. To learn about the post-traditional approach to Buddhism, click here. Some of the earlier articles are divided into chapters that can be rummaged through. The work contained within each chapter represents an experimental moment in looking anew at a key Buddhist topic, so take it as such.
Later pieces are interspersed with the podcast and demonstrate an emergent critical approach.
Thoughts on Coaching
I will be putting together more posts on coaching over the next months. This piece explores why folks like the idea of change, but so often refuse to start or give up as soon as it becomes challenging: I refuse to Change
Two of my book reviews have been published here.
Richard P. Boyle: Realizing Awakened Consciousness
This is a longer, personal piece written for the Asian Medicine Journal. It’s kind of personal & summarizes a lot of what I’ve done, am doing, and the work of the site & the podcast: Modernity, Identity and Contemporary non-Buddhism
This piece is also published at the Speculative non-Buddhism site and was linked to an episode on neo-liberal Mindfulness with Ron Purser: Buddhism, Mindfulness, and neo-Liberalism
Rethinking Tonglen in our modern age: Is Tonglen Truly Awesome?
Reflections on engagement with the SNB site: Interlude to Meditation: Humanity, Human or Humane, or What?
Theory and Practice mini-series
Part 1. Radical Opening
Part 2. Performance
Part 3. Theory & Practice + Experience
Critical Thought on Buddhism and Spirituality
These two articles were a budding foray into discussing and describing post-traditional Buddhism. They were originally published at the Elephant Journal.
1.Post-Traditional Buddhism: the quiet revolution? Explores a personal adventure that led to a break from traditional contemporary forms of Buddhism.
2.Big Up Post-Traditional Buddhism, gives an overview of some key figures who have dabbled in a post traditional approach and lays out some of the criteria of this style of engagement with Buddhism.
Utilizing a no holds barred style, this two-part series strips away the mystique of enlightenment and humanizes the affair. Yes, enlightenment does exist as a possibility, yes it is likely to disappoint, and sorry, it won’t turn you into a super-human. Read on if you have enough of being fed the enlightenment manure.
Collapse and Awaken
This three-part series represents an evolution from the previous writing and an attempt to work together Buddhist non-duality and neo-Animism. It was written for the Dark Mountain Project. It is a slightly poetic affair aimed at a general audience and not only Buddhists.
The Four Truths
This chapter focuses on a very early attempt at reconfiguring the classic Four Noble Truths teaching found in most expressions of Buddhism.
1.The Four Noble Truths: beginnings
2.The Eightfold Path: the fourth truth
7.Mindfulness: phenomena (1)
8.Mindfulness: phenomena (2)
9.Right Speech (1)
10.Right Speech (2)
11.Right Action (1)
12.Right Action (2)
13.Right Livelihood (1)
14.Right Livelihood (2)
16.Concentration & Closing