Alexander Duncan, an independent Toronto Buddhist organizer (Dzogchen in Deer Park), has published a new book with Chroniker Press, available through Lulu.com:
From the publisher’s web page…
Finally, an original Western reaction to the dharma transmission to the West that is not merely a museum replica of an Asian original. Alexander Duncan began his quest for the ultimate spiritual truth in 1964, at the age of ten, when his grade 4 teacher called him a “superstitious fool.” Over a period of 48 years this quest involved him in everything from astrology to Vodun. Jhana yogi, financial counsellor, poet, Alex gave up Buddhism for ten years when he encountered Western Buddhist fundamentalism, but returned to the faith in search of certitude. He found it in the vow of a bodhisattva and dzogchen Buddhism. These are his thoughts. ISBN 9781105938467. 102 pages. $16.00
He has also written a couple of Buddhist tracts available for free in PDF format from Chroniker Press.
From the publisher’s web page…
Buddhist Self-Ordination: A Dharma Strategy for the West
This booklet explores the Dharma Transmission to the West from its origin in 1908 with the First Buddhist Mission to the West to the arrival of today’s Asian immigrant teachers and schools, and asks the fundamental question: What is the right relationship between the DTW and the West? Is the West merely a passive receiver of dharma, or will the DTW transform Buddhism itself? The author seeks for the answer in Buddhist history, and finds it in the Mahayana rite of self-ordination, which he presents in a close English paraphrase of the Tibetan rite together with an essay on the relationship between the Mahayana precepts and the Vinaya.
Review of Rebirth as Empirical Basis for The Buddha’s Four Noble Truths
This essay responds to an essay by Prof. H.J. Sugunasiri concerning the Buddhist doctrine of Rebirth as the empirical basis of the Four Noble Truths. It identifies and refutes five specific points made by Prof. Sugunasiri in his essay. Prof. Sugunasiri founded the Nalanda College of Buddhist Studies in Toronto, Canada in 2000. The college’s status was abrogated by an unregistered change of name. Subsequently Sugunasiri was refused permission to offer a bachelor’s degree by the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. NCOBS ceased its activities shortly thereafter and was forced to refund the tuition fees of at least one student. Despite lip service to the original universalist ideals of Nalanda University (427-1197), which housed authentic Buddhist scholars of all schools and sects, NCOBS adhered to a narrowly academic, rationalistic, and politicized interpretation of Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhism.
The latter title is responding to a book by Dr. Sugunasiri which was published by Sumeru in 2010. We regret the personal and rather intense expression of Mr. Duncan’s opinions but feel that in the interest of fairness they should be given their due on this website, which endeavours to present all aspects of Canadian Buddhism. Dr. Sugunasiri, whose many accomplishments are listed in Canada’s Who’s Who, is the subject of a thorough biography as a Canadian Buddhist pioneer in Harding, Hori and Soucy’s book – Wild Geese: Buddhism in Canada, published in 2010 by McGill-Queens University Press.