My friend Eyal Aviv mentioned, even before my most recent round of replies, that he’d been teaching my correspondence with Evan Thompson in his classes and would like to have it all available in one place. I think that’s a great idea and I am obliging him here. I don’t know whether the correspondence will continue – that’s up to Thompson – but I think it’s already worth having an index post here for easy reference. I am listing all of the works that constitute this correspondence so far, in the order that they were published or posted. If there’s more to the correspondence, I can come back and update this post later. (So, I’m just putting this post up on Love of All Wisdom rather than the IPB so I don’t have to update it in multiple places.)
- Thompson began the discussion with his book, Why I Am Not A Buddhist.
- Lele‘s initial two-part review:
Why is Evan Thompson not a Buddhist? (1)
Why is Evan Thompson not a Buddhist? (2)
- Thompson‘s long single-post response:
Clarifying Why I Am Not a Buddhist: A Response to Amod Lele
- Lele‘s eight-post reply:
i) On the challenging aspects of tradition
ii) On being Buddhist and distinctively Buddhist
iii) Grappling with impermanence
iv) Is karma about why bad things happen to good people?
v) The workings of karma, naturalized and otherwise
vi) Bad things, good people, and eudaimonism
vii) Naturalizing Buddhism and other traditions
viii) Eudaimonist Buddhist modernism and the norm of authenticity