The Buddhist Self

by Varun Gauri When modern Buddhists and mindfulness practitioners say the ultimate cause of stress and suffering is the craving for permanence, especially the misguided craving for a permanent “self,” which “self” are they talking about? In his interesting and provocative book Why I Am Not a Buddhist, Evan Thompson explores the possibilities: (1) The…

Debating the Koch brothers – Ben Lerner’s “The Topeka School”

by Varun Gauri In my last speech of my last high school debate round, at the finals of the Ohio championships, I claimed victory because our opponents, a team from the local private academy, our nemesis, neglected or “dropped” our argument that taxing cigarettes would certainly, absolutely, trigger nuclear war. Therefore, I declared, whatever you,…