Burn the Buddha!

by Joanne von Spanien

If I love perennial philosophy and spirituality, why do I still have so many hangups when it actually comes to practicing Buddhism? Oh yeah, ’cause even Western Buddhism still drags around a shit-ton of metaphysical abstractions that are ethnocentric, patriarchal and sexist.

Burn the Buddha! As Alan Watts said, he only got the dialogue going, and the philosophy’s come a long way since him. To say otherwise implies we haven’t learned anything in the past 2600 years.