Jikan wrote:As for me: I worked all weekend long on my dissertation proposal, did chores, &c.
What is the proposal?
I remember one favorite professor, Bill McGee, who is now professor at Dharma Drum Buddhist College in Taiwan, telling me about this great 700 page dissertation he wrote only to find out that some scholar had published almost the exact findings 1 month prior.
That's not nearly as bad as another professor who had his laptop stolen - this being the laptop which had his dissertation on it. I never really heard the outcome of that one, though.
I'm working on the reproduction of Buddhisty discourses outside of Buddhist contexts: advice books, stress relief meditation classes at hospitals, "contemplative pedagogy" in universities, and the like. There's been a spike in popularity for this material, so there must be a social need (or perceived need). This also draws in the perception of Buddhism as being sort of like science (or a kind of knowledge that is cognate to science)...
Too bad for your professor on the rotten timing. The internet is a boon and a bust for this sort of thing: it's easier to find out what others are doing, but it's also much easier for others to scoop your ideas (and for you to then catch them at it, &c)
Thanks to the help of generous sponsors (most of them from DharmaWheel), I'm doing a Vajra Armor (Dorje Kotrab) self-retreat this summer. May the merit be yours!