Axioms

Graham Priest and the “0th Noble Truth” I recently listened to a podcast interview with philosophy professor at CUNY Graham Priest in which he discusses Buddhist ethics and Anarchism. He raised some interesting points which I think are relevant for this project, so I thought I would post my notes here: Priest supposes the classic […]

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International Solidarity

Back in January, I learned about an amazing group called the Bangdalesh Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation. They are an organization made primarily of tea plantation workers formed in 2014. In 2020 they gave several interviews and posted about COVID-19 mutual aid work they were doing, including free masks for workers and translation of anarchist texts into Bengali […]

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On Selves and Masters

And Other Catchy Slogans The name of this project, “No Selves, No Masters”, started out as pun on the classic anarchist slogan “No Gods, No Masters” and sounded catchy enough at first. After having been at this a couple of months I’ve begun to see theoretical value in the slogan which I didn’t initially expect. […]

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The Transmission of Freedom

In the Zen school, there is a concept called “face-to-face transmission of dharma”. It is the principal means by which a teacher passes on knowledge, tradition and lineage and confirms a student’s theoretical and direct (non-conceptual) understanding of the Buddhist teachings as passed down through the Zen schools. The story goes that this practice goes […]

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Buddhist Anarchists for Myanmar

To ensure that victory is achieved and peace is lasting, revolutionaries, especially those who are Buddhists, should consider these ideas. Myanmar, also known as Burma: It is one of the world’s most devout Buddhist nations as well as one of the world’s most violent, home to the longest ongoing civil war in modern history. It […]

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Uchiyama Gudō: Anarchist Communist Revolution

From Fabio Rambelli’s Zen Anarchism: The Egalitarian Dharma of Uchiyama Gudō: “Museifu Kyōsan Kakumei (Nyūgoku kinen) (“Anarchist Communist Revolution: In Commemoration of Imprisonment), Gudō’s first extensive work, was written after the Red flag incident (Akahata jiken) of June 1908, in which anarchist activists took to the street in Tokyo, waving banners advocating “Anarchy” (museifu), “Anarchist […]

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Working Definitions

Anarchist and buddhist thought are both much too broad to simply slap them together and expect a coherent ideology or practice to emerge. I’m going to attempt a working definition of specifically which anarchisms and which buddhisms I’m using to get a clearer idea of what the resulting buddhist anarchism might look like. For myself, […]

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Hakugen Ichikawa (市川白弦) and Buddhist Anarchist Communism

Made a (potentially) big discovery for english language buddhist anarchists! So far it’s been dreadfully difficult to find scholarship on any people who developed a coherent buddhist anarchist philosophy. Uchiyama Gudo or Gary Snyder are typically the go-to people associated with the idea, but neither did much political theorizing. Snyder wrote his short essay in […]

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