Without Discrimination: some reflections from meditation on the skandhas

Recently I have been studying the nature of the five skandhas or "aggregates," which is a Buddhist classification of aspects of experience broken down into five sets: form (rūpa), feeling (vedanā), perception (saṃjñā), volition (saṃskāra), and consciousness (vijñāna). Classically, the idea is that what is commonly assumed to be the enduring, substrative Self-identity must in some sense [...]

Nirvāṇa/Saṃsāra; Commonism/Capitalism

A general strategy that a Madhyamikan (agent of the Middle Way) may employ once they identify a pair of contradictory forces at play, is neither to affirm the possibility of resolving the contradiction through those terms, nor to abandon those terms, but to see how those terms actually compliment each other. This insistence on complementarity [...]

Beyond Ownership: notes on “Commonism”

True wealth is an expression of what “we do together” rather than what “I have myself.” For what “I have myself”, or what one has in possession, are inert things separated from the flow of life, susceptible to destruction by time or contingency, which is why this expression of wealth tends to be “stored” or [...]

Similarity, or Beyond Identity and Difference

This essay was written with the intention of exercising the application of the kind of logical reasoning Nāgārjuna, the Buddhist philosopher and practitioner who formalized Mādhyamaka or Middle-Way thought, employs in his "Mūlamadhyamakakārikā", or "Fundamental Verses of the Middle Way". Greatly motivated by the Prajñāpāramitā (Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom) Sutras, Nāgārjuna employs a sophisticated procedural deconstruction of all forms of [...]