Author Archives: David Chapman

About David Chapman

Author of a Wordpress blog, Meaningness, Buddhism for Vampires, and Approaching Aro.

Finding a teacher of modern Buddhist Tantra

You can’t, because there aren’t any. I’m really sorry about this. I’m afraid I’ve raised expectations that can’t be satisfied—for now, anyway. I started writing about “modern Buddhist Tantra” mainly out of intellectual interest. I wanted to show it would … Continue reading

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Two new podcasts: tantra and ritual creation

Vincent Horn interviewed me recently for the Buddhist Geeks Community. An edited version is now available as a pair of podcasts: Reinventing Buddhist Tantra Creating Living Ritual I enjoyed the interview considerably. Vince asked some questions I wasn’t particularly expecting, … Continue reading

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What ritual feels like when it works

Vince Horn interviewed me today for the Buddhist Geeks Community. One of the questions he asked was about ritual. My outline has several posts on that topic—but they may be months in the future. So these are some quick thoughts … Continue reading

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A killer app for modern Vajrayana?

In the tech world, a “killer app” is a single program so compelling that people will buy a whole system just to run it. For example, many people bought the Xbox to play the game Halo. Some bought early smartphones … Continue reading

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Buddhist tantra for non-Buddhists?

A surprising and wonderful thing! My Buddhist sites are increasingly read and appreciated by non-Buddhists. Particularly, they attract smart, science-y, tech-y, creative, competent readers. Some come from the LessWrong rationalist community, for instance—which I have written about and for. Especially … Continue reading

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Why did magic matter in Buddhist tantra?

If we want a non-supernatural version of Buddhist tantra, it will help to look at why magic was traditionally an important part of it.

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Four strategies for naturalizing religion

I’ve noticed four strategies for “naturalizing” a religion—for making it compatible with the scientific worldview. Two strategies get rid of supernatural aspects: ignoring and denying. Two other strategies reinterpret supernatural aspects in natural terms: psychologizing and mythologizing. My aim is … Continue reading

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