Summer Series 2018: Haikus of Difference — Poetics of the Other

Written by Zulhaqem Zulkifli A cool and wet night – Raindrops trickling down streetlights; A race in amber. I start this piece with a small personal indulgence in the above haiku verse inspired by the steady lull of the light pattering of fine strained rain, beating softly on the window panes. My musings under cover … Continue reading Summer Series 2018: Haikus of Difference — Poetics of the Other

Conversation: Dr. Yao Xinzhong

Current NTU philosophy undergraduate Zulhaqem Zulkifli sat down with Dr. Yao Xinzhong, a visiting professor and scholar from Renmin University. He has recently taught HY4112 Confucian and Judeo-Christian Philosophies of Wisdom here at Nanyang Technological University. They talked about the state of philosophy departments during the Cultural Revolution, comparative philosophy, and the inseparability of philosophy and … Continue reading Conversation: Dr. Yao Xinzhong

Longform: The Child-turned Dharma Wheel – An Analysis of Chapter 26 of the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra

Written by Zulhaqem Zulkifli Chapter 26 (On the Action of the Child) of the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra (Chinese: 大般涅槃經 / Sanskrit: महायान महापरिनिर्वाण सूत्र), is a strange and fascinating portion in the entire corpus of the Sutra. Reading it, one cannot be blamed if one thinks that this chapter seems to be arbitrarily placed into the … Continue reading Longform: The Child-turned Dharma Wheel – An Analysis of Chapter 26 of the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra

Conversation: Dr. Brook Ziporyn

Current Philosophy Undergraduates Zulhaqem Zulkifli and Koo Hao Wei sat down to interview Dr Brook Ziporyn, a visiting scholar from the University of Chicago who taught HY4113 Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy: Theories of Buddha-Nature at Nanyang Technological University. They talked about Daoist and Buddhist philosophy, buskering, and language immersion. Zul: The first thing we … Continue reading Conversation: Dr. Brook Ziporyn

Essay: An Exploration of Daoxin’s Buddha nature and Samkhya’s Purusha

Written by Zulhaqem Zulkifli, Artwork by Hoo Yan Han The idea of Buddha-nature or Buddhadhatu is a major theme that runs throughout much of Buddhism, especially throughout the Mahayana (“Great Vehicle”) Chan Schools of thought. Buddha nature can be defined as the latent potentiality or essence that exists in us, which would allow us to … Continue reading Essay: An Exploration of Daoxin’s Buddha nature and Samkhya’s Purusha