In Art

My approach to Buddhist meditation has been changing radically lately, as I gradually have moved away from a religious orientation to something I can’t quite name yet. To call it “secular” is not quite it either. Jason Siff’s deconstructive Unlearning Meditation and Glenn Wallis’ aporetic inquiries have been an inspiration to practice in ways that free me from the constrictions of religious discourse, and move me towards an individual, perhaps even idiosyncratic, (yet interdependent) meditative practice in art and life.

As he puts it, Wallis’ “Non-Buddism is acutely interested in the uses of Buddhist teaching, but in a way that remains unbeholden to–and hence, unbound by and unaccountable to–the norms that govern those teachings. As Laruelle claims for non-philosophy, I claim for non-Buddhism: once we have suspended the structures that constitute Buddhism, once we have muted what to the believer is Buddhism’s very vibrato, we are free to hear fresh resonances.”

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    1. Thanks for your response, Glenn. I continue to read your blogs, and I also am reading your book on the Dhammapada.

  1. wallis, and you, hit on the very nerve of what i’ve been practicing in my half-assed way. i am not a believer in divinity, or even in the some of the spectral tenets of buddhism, but i take some of buddhism’s practices as my own, in my own very limited way. as i wrote in a poem somewhere i am a ‘catholic buddhist atheist’ which probably makes little sense. there’s the rub. how does one practice a metaphysics that admits to mysticism yet doesn’t believe in god.

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