Friday, 18 April 2014

On Youtube, Atheism and Apotheosis: Regarding Religion as History


“…we tend to let ourselves imagine that a skeptical reading of mythology reveals something other than a myth… conversely, one interesting side-effect of this attitude toward mythology, is that we’re always producing new myths, through new interpretations that fasten onto one aspect or another of the story as 'real' and 'original'…”

“…nobody is interested in “authenticity” if that authenticity includes slavery, the subjugation of women, and the caste system.  Nevertheless, we have to be extremely wary of the fabrication of a whole pseudo-history of Buddhism just to suit modern political concerns.”

“…These modern myths are much more influential than anything the ancient texts say, partly because they convince people to selectively ignore the evidence of the ancient texts.  That is profound and serious problem for Buddhism today (both as a religion and as an area of study)…”

On Youtube: http://youtu.be/zmnupwuSrGc

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Your questions answered (on Youtube)


Why should I talk about what's interesting to me, when I can answer a bunch of e-mails from readers like you?  Or, perhaps, profoundly unlike you?

My first Q&A session on Youtube: http://youtu.be/mot_DbmAnOs

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Buddhism, Scholar vs. Practitioner


A whole lot of truths too terrible to tell, rolled into one short video, and censored accordingly.

On Youtube: http://youtu.be/B7ve7IYDwY8

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Chinese is not (quite) a system of symbols


"The great thing about Chinese is that nobody says it's an easy language to learn…"

On Youtube: http://youtu.be/aqks0hmIkB4

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Atheism as an Ideology

Let's not pretend that ideology is a dirty word; I mean, some of my favorite things end with "-ism".  No, seriously…

On Youtube, this one is only 5 minutes long: http://youtu.be/-5Onl7wD3po