I am in the early stages of a DPhil in Oriental Studies, focusing on the contemporary phenomenon of 'ecoBuddhism' and its precedents - actual or imagined - in East Asian thought. By engaging with an important seventh to eighth-century text, Fazang's Hundred Gates of the Ocean of Meanings of Huayan, I hope to shed light on a serious metaphysical issue raised by critics of 'holistic ecoBuddhism', namely, the apparent impossibility of being 'at one with nature' while maintaining important distinctions between polluting and non-polluting things. At a fundamental level, I hope to solve the ontological/epistemological problem posed by a universe that is interdependently connected and in some sense 'one', while at the same time made of a plurality of 'things'. I am currently mining Heidegger's Being and Time for a relevant conceptual framework and vocabulary.
I am also interested in anti-progressivist responses to new atheism (Dawkins, Hitchens, etc.), and the way atheism may itself be allied to unsavory non-rational ideologies.
I have attended several retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh's 'Community of Interbeing' at Plum Village, Bordeaux, and practice mindfulness whenever and wherever I remember to.