About my sites

On this site, I write about the recent history, fluid present, and possible futures of Buddhism.

I suggest that a window has opened for innovative Buddhisms that can address new cultural, social, and personal problems. The past couple of decades have been dominated by a “Consensus Buddhism,” whose time has passed. I am cheerleading for emerging alternatives.

Currently I am concentrating on the possibility of reinventing Buddhist tantra for the 21st century global culture.

My other sites

Meaningness site logo

Meaningness: How should we live when we understand meaning is real, but does not come from any ultimate source such as God? How do we avoid the rage and depression of nihilism that comes from realizing that nothing is ultimately meaningful? How do we avoid eternalism, the self-delusion that meanings are objective and fixed?

Buddhism for Vampires: a Tantric vampire romance

Buddhism for Vampires is a playful, yet deadly serious, look at the dark side of Buddhism.

We are all monsters, but we can embrace our monstrosity while retaining our human nobility. We can allow each to transform the other, so we become cheerful, kind, useful monsters who are also overpowering, unpredictable, and dangerous heroes.

Buddhism for Vampires features The Vetali’s Gift, a serial Tantric vampire romance. There is also much authentic Buddhist vampire lore—The Tibetan Book of the Undead—showing that vetalas (Buddhist vampires) have played a key role in Buddhist history.

Approaching Aro: Vajrayana Buddhism, Tantra, Dzogchen

On Approaching Aro I write about the Aro gTér lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

I also discuss Vajrayana (Buddhist Tantra) in general, and especially Dzogchen.