Is karma about why bad things happen to good people?

Continuing my reply to Evan Thompson, I will focus next on karma, because the reinterpretation of karma is central to my own eudaimonist Buddhism, and therefore it forms a focal point in Thompson’s critique. Karma is Thompson’s example of how Continue reading Is karma about why bad things happen to good people?

Asian historicism before Protestantism

We are surely familiar with the pattern by now: members of an Asian tradition are concerned about supposed corruptions in their tradition which depart from the intentions of the tradition’s historic founders, so they turn with renewed focus to the Continue reading Asian historicism before Protestantism

Mere convention vs. seeing correctly

Continuing my response to Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, I want to turn back now to the original point of contention with which our exchange first began: the role of conventional (sammuti/vohāra) and ultimate (paramattha) in Buddhaghosa’s thought. First and foremost, I am Continue reading Mere convention vs. seeing correctly

Translations of the Gita that aren’t too frustrating

Friends, I’ve been teaching the Bhagavad Gītā in Indian philosophy and World philosophy courses for over a decade, as well as incorporating selections of the Gītā into other course offerings. I’ve yet to use a version that isn’t frustrating. Even those that Continue reading Translations of the Gita that aren’t too frustrating

Reflections on the Hamburg “Buddhism and Scepticism” Workshop

On Nov. 14-16, 2017 I attended a workshop called “Buddhism and Scepticism: Historical, Philosophical, and Comparative Approaches” held at the University of Hamburg. It was sponsored by the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies and the Maimonides Center for Advanced Studies Continue reading Reflections on the Hamburg “Buddhism and Scepticism” Workshop

Alex Watson on Indian Philosophy

This article came out a little while ago, in India’s Seminar magazine. But it’s well worth highlighting here. Alex reflects on the ways that textual scholarship, philosophical reflection, and historical reconstruction intersect in the study of Indian philosophy. Link: http://www.india-seminar.com/2015/671/671_alex_watson.htm

History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps

Peter Adamason’s podcast series, History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps has been developing a subsection on Indian philosophy for the last year and a half or so. It is worth looking at. Consider, for example, this episode, where our own Elisa Freschi Continue reading History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps

Workshop on Rasa Theory: February 2017

A bit of a last-minute announcement (which readers may have already seen elsewhere). A few months ago, Mrinal Kaul mentioned that Manipal University has established a new Center for Religious Studies and would be hosting a workshop on rasa theory. Continue reading Workshop on Rasa Theory: February 2017