Another day chipping at the edifice of Buddhaphobia, adding an inch of citation here, a corner of reference there. I ended up wondering how much the scholarly resistance to using Buddhism and other “eastern” philosophies—rather than just studying them—had to do with the legacy of imperialism. I also wondered how much I was going to get creamed simply for raising this issue in print. I know some of my academic left colleagues would be shocked, shocked, that I'm even suggesting it. You're on safe territory if you discuss Buddhism as a story, for instance—but if you use Buddhism to explore narrative, you've gone off piste.