Buddhism, Poststructuralist Thought, Cultural Studies: A Profession of Faith

Edwin Ng


This essay is a result of the author's research into Buddhism and poststructuralist theories on knowledge, self and ethics and attempts to articulate the ethico-political implications of his own practice of Vipassana (a form of Buddhist meditation) and interrogate what is called the politics of spirituality. He explores the role of faith within cultural studies by first contextualising the relevant discursive fields, then  analysing Vipassana with a ‘religious’ Foucauldian approach oriented around the critico-political aims of Foucault's late work. This elucidates how Buddhist and poststructuralist thought share certain concerns, and identifies trajectories for further inquiry.


Buddhism; ethics; faith; religion; academia

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5130/csr.v18i2.2759