Reflecting on Buddhist Thought

Buddhist thought is intended here to refer to the widest range of intellectual reflection found within the Buddhist tradition, broadly defined to include both historical and contemporary expositions and critiques of Buddhist doctrine. (I’m giving myself a lot of leeway, here.) Similarly, by considering “thought” as the category, this does not mean that it is limited by the intellectual constraints of religious commitment, or the structuring categories of philosophy, religious studies, or psychology. As will become clear to the reader, this is not theology, which generally works from established and accepted claims, nor is it apologetics, which seeks to justify established and accepted claims. Doubt, both systematic and curious is the driving force here. If you wish certainty, security or comfort, there are other blogs that will offer them to you.


3 thoughts on “Reflecting on Buddhist Thought

  1. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I will definitely comeback.

  2. Hi Richard: Your blog is a welcome sight/site after so many publications that pander Buddhist platitudes. We need some serious critical thinking about Buddhism. I invite you to read my blog Engage! which covers similar themes. I’m not as much focused on the dharma as you are, but I’m glad you are focused on the dharma. My work focuses on the social context of Buddhism, it’s relationship to politics, culture and social movements.

  3. Re: Your post of 7/19
    “It seems to me that the advice of the Buddha was not to change how you think about things so that you’re happy and content with them as they are, but rather to see things as they are.”
    You might well add, “and let them go as they go, clinging to nothing as I, me or mine.”

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