About your host:
Linda Blanchard lives in Texas and has been a haphazard Buddhist since 1985, and an avid Skeptical Buddhist since she first discovered Stephen Batchelor’s “Buddhism Without Beliefs” in 1998. Her avatar, Star, hosts a series of videos on youtube.com through their channel “justalittledust”. She is the author of Dependent Arising In Context, which contains several pieces that are freely available on the internet, listed below.
- Burning Yourself: Paṭicca Samuppāda as a Description of the Arising of a False Sense of Self Modeled on Vedic Rituals
- A Secular Understanding of Dependent Origination
- The Words of Dependent Arising: Sankhara
She also has two more papers focusing on suttas that reveal more about Dependent Arising’s structure and history, which can be found here:
And one book review of a volume that might be of interest to some readers (if you can get your hands on a copy — it’s not easy).
About the blog:
This blog isn’t entirely about me — but neither do I avoid talking about myself and my life. It really is primarily about my passion for language and the way we express ourselves, and it follows me as I focus on researching what the Buddha taught, and why — which includes an interest in the times in which he lived. When what I’m learning touches my life, you may hear about my life, but my daily doings aren’t the focus here — understanding Buddhism is. Theory is all well and good — I work on theory a lot in these posts — but how Buddhism is put into practice in actual lives is just as much a part of the insights as theory.
I write blog entries when I have something to say; the reverse is not necessarily true. My posts may not be frequent, but when I post it is because there’s something I want to share, and get feedback on, so please do join the conversation.