Introducing The Antibuddha

Note: I recently finished a book entitled The Antibudda which I am going to subject my audience to. Please do not take offense at the contents. I believe there something for everyone to dislike within its pages, but consider applying your disagreements to strengthen your sacred beliefs and strongly-held positions. Thank you.

 

Here is a synopsis:

The Antibuddha serves as a greatly-needed update of the arguments Friedrich Nietzsche made in The Antichrist, published in 1885. Based on his profound insights I address the problems that we experience today that have grown out of his era and which have only worsened and intensified. While some structural and stylistic similarities are intended between the two, such as 69 untitled aphorisms and a hyperbolic tone and style of exposition, my philosophical discussion only loosely follows Nietzsche’s.

An obvious point of comparison is that I play the “antibuddha” to his antichrist. Whereas the demise of authority of the Christian worldview presaged and influenced modernism, I show that a critique of Buddhism, especially in its current manifestation as a global cultural phenomenon, is the best way to understand postmodernism. Buddhism is commonly regarded as a coherent philosophy which is consistently validated by scientific studies, and although it is neither, it is still widely accepted as such. Its theology is therefore accorded legitimacy even though it is just as absurd as any other theology.

Buddhism is also commonly seen as having deep and subtle insights into psychology and of how we sense, feel, think, believe and behave. Many intellectuals even suggest that these insights are superior to current findings of cognitive neuroscience and psychology when the opposite is quite clearly the case. There are many other criticisms that I will employ, including the confusion surrounding the Buddhist conception of the psyche (self/mind/brain) as well as its positions on craving, suffering and altruism, but I always do so in relation to the larger picture. For example, the fact that Buddhism is rarely criticized despite its flaws is directly due to the lack of context, accuracy and relevance of virtually everything in our postmodern era. We live in a time when inane and unrelated factoids are over-produced, where complexity is serially manufactured and a basis for common understanding no longer exists. Demonstrating this is one of the two major purposes in The Antibuddha; providing the solution, the other.

Throughout my book, I provide foundational principles for what constitutes reality, truth claims, the psyche and community. A relatively simple but at the same time comprehensive knowledge of these key areas will help us recognize and counter the fictions and foolishness that predominate in our world today. From that basis, we can finally engage in constructive dialogue to address our pressing problems head-on and in a manner conducive to our well-being and all other species.

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