Category Archives: Culture

kali-yuga

A Forest Passage Through the Kali Yuga

Perhaps the most dangerous illusion of modern times is the idea of safety. I remember clearly the concerns of safety voiced by individuals on my journey to the sacred Mount…

Martin Heidegger and Alexander Dugin

A Review of Martin Heidegger: Philosophy of Another Beginning by Alexander Dugin

Forty years after his death Martin Heidegger (1889 – 1976) remains a lightning-rod for controversy.  Heidegger might be the central philosophical figure of the Twentieth Century, as many of his…

mysticism-morality

Oneness: Where Mysticism and Morality Meet

(Editor’s Note: In the article below Prof. Richard Cocks looks at morality and its relationship to mysticism. Though a generally ignored subject, it is also an important one for the contemporary…

outsider

Who Killed Buddha-Nature? The Outsider in an Age of Consumer Radicalism

“Hipsters,” a friend complained to me recently, are too “decadent.” My friend is a highly intelligent young man, and makes many valuable points. But he was, on this occasion, completely…

order-out-of-chaos

Love, Nihilism, and Order Out of Chaos

The purpose of human existence is to learn to love in all circumstances. Our destiny is to live a moral life or suffer the consequences — all failure to love…

pain-tantra-martial-arts

Tantra, Martial Arts, and The Metaphysics of Pain

“Pain is one of the keys to unlock man’s innermost being as well as the world,” wrote Ernst Junger. “Whenever one approaches the points where man proves himself to be…

Detail of Tibetan Buddhist thanka.

Eros, Plato, and The Red Chamber Dream

Plato’s Symposium, an explication of desire in the form of a panegyric to the god Eros, may be taken as the quintessential classical Occidental text on the erotic. Eros (the…

Detail of the cover of The Land of Kui.

Pulp Fiction, Gnosis, and The Allegory of the Lurid

A peculiarity of popular culture, which is also commercial culture, is that it dislikes competing with its own earlier iterations. It therefore tends to be dismissive or even hostile in…

klimt-chivalry

Gnosis, Love, and The Roots of Chivalry

Denis de Rougemont’s Love in the Western World is in part a critique of fictional portrayals of romantic love, whether in film, TV, novels or plays. He argues that the…