Anybody is welcome to join in the discussions here, but it would be helpful to have read at least some of the writings about Critical Buddhism. A good summary can be found in
Hubbard & Swanson: Pruning the Bodhi Tree: The storm over Critical Buddhism
. A summary can also be found in David Brazier's The New Buddhism
Critical Buddhism operates at two levels. Philosophically it refutes all approaches to Buddhism that can be considered to be 'dhatuvada', that is, that posit an underlying permanent essence of any kind such as 'buddha nature'. Socially it is critical of discrimination actually going on within various schools of Buddhism. It sees a connection between these two dimensions, asserting that dhatuvada tends toward social disengagement and a reluctance to tackle social ills. Critical Buddhists argue that Shakyamuni set in motion a revolt against such social disengagement, but that it tends to creep back in as religious institutions adopt ideas like buddha nature that, philosophically, suggest that all remains ultimately well even when patently things are not well in the social world.
How Does a Sangha Not Become a Cult?
The Perfect World
There is no such Thing as the Present Moment
Dependent Origination: Spatial and Temporal?
A brief statement on critical - time and analytical wisdom
About social (dis)engagement
Wisdom: discrimination or non-discrimination - the need for a criticism of D.T.Suzuki in Western Buddhism
Space and Time
Dependent origination and the social implications of the Pure Land
Reading Pruning the Bodhi Tree - Discussion Part 1
Reading Pruning the Bodhi Tree - Discussion Part 2
Reading Pruning the Bodhi Tree - Discussion Part 3
Reading Pruning the Bodhi Tree - Discussion Part 4
Reading Pruning the Bodhi Tree - Discussion Part 5