Category Archives: Briefly noted

Review of ‘Why Buddhism is True’

Here’s a nice review of Robert Wright’s Why Buddhism is True by Adam Frank. I haven’t read the book yet, but judging from the review it seems to take a more self-conscious about the selective appropriation of Buddhist contemplative traditions in ‘the … Continue reading

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In the context of the JGB’s just-released issue on Zen and Popular Culture, it’s worth mentioning Buddhism scholar Megan Bryson’s excellent and extensive blog Zensanity, which focuses on the way the “Zen brand” is used in the marketing of various commodities. As … Continue reading

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World’s first Chair in Thai Buddhism established

The University of Michigan has just announced the establishment of a Thai Professorship in Theravada Buddhism, apparently the world’s first such position. The professorship is being funded by a $2 million gift from Thai alumni of the university as well … Continue reading

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Daizen Brian Victoria on D.T. Suzuki and the Nazis

The Asia Pacific Journal has recently published a series of three articles by Daizen Brian Victoria on the subject of D.T. Suzuki and the Nazis. This is the latest contribution by Victoria in his long-term research on the relationship between Zen … Continue reading

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