August 14, 2013

Transparent Dharma Dialogue

There's a growing group of people worldwide who advocate what might be described as "transparent dharma dialogue."  Transparent dharma dialogue has two characteristics:
  1. A willingness to speak openly and frankly about anything and everything one personally experiences in the course of practice, and 
  2. a willingness to question the standard formulations of historical Buddhism.
I think that this is a very good trend but I also think that it is best carried out from a place of lightness and humor (and, therefore, by implication, a place of genuine humility).

Among bloggers in this field, my friend ~C4Chaos provides a great example of the lightness and humor criterion. If you want to have some fun, check out his latest:


  1. This is a really important idea, Shinzen. With all due respect to tradition, it may be the only way that we really democratize enlightenment for the masses of humanity.

  2. I used to have a Buddhist provider and never questioned anything he did until he left and I found out more information. I love how cognitive you are as a whole belief. I know I have the strength and permission to tell people when their actions anger me. Everyone needs to serve in whatever way they can.

  3. These remixes are very fun--thanks to C4Chaos!

    But the idea of "transparent dharma dialogue" is intriguing--I wish you'd said more. I googled the phrase and got only references back to this very blog post.

  4. I agree that this sort of transparency is good. Daniel Ingram is equally open. He wrote "Mastering to Core Teachings of the Buddha" and runs


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