About

Welcome to Samsara Diagnostics, a place for finding the freedom in finitude through dialogue with religion, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. I aim to support your religious and philosophical practice through my writing, research, and reflections which I share for free here at Samsara Diagnostics.

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Follow my podcast Samsara Audio where I host conversations you won't hear anywhere else. I bring on quality guests to delve into the intersections of religion, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. You can listen to Samsara Audio in your favorite podcast app, watch the videos on YouTube, or subscribe directly on Substack.

Who are you?

I'm Matthew – I grew up in a Presbyterian micro-denomination and studied theology passionately in my youth. However, I went to Wheaton College (IL) where I fell in with the philosophy majors and began to expand my intellectual horizons.

For years, I wanted to pursue a career in academia, but I ultimately couldn't bring myself to commit to the years of poverty and job instability. Instead, I stumbled into a career in software. I've continued my research outside of an institutional setting, all while having supported operations at three different SaaS startups.

My work at Samsara Diagnostics brings theological conversations, philosophical discourse, Buddhist scholarship, and psychoanalytic theory together into one surprising dialogue space where these different discourses can challenge and illuminate each other on my quest towards becoming a human fully alive.

The front page of this website sorts my recent pieces by the three primary threads which run through my work – psychoanalysis, theology, and philosophy. Feel free to check out my archive on this website, and please send me a message if you'd like to share any comments or interact with me further.


How can I engage with Samsara Diagnostics?

Samsara Diagnostics started as a monologue where I shared essays with my readers, but I very quickly added a podcast to introduce the dimension of dialogue.

We are now expanding further into this dialogue space with a Kyoto School study group aimed at a long term engagement with the Zen philosophy of Nishida, Tanabe, and . You can learn more here and join our private community here.

Beyond bringing your unique voice and work to this dialogue space, Samsara Diagnostics also needs financial assistance to grow. This not my day job, so I'm grateful for any support that you'd be willing to generously provide to keep Samsara Diagnostics running.

There are a few ways that you can help support this work financially:

(1) You can purchase a premium subscription to Samsara Diagnostics. This supports my ongoing writing and research, and will also give you a voice in developing the direction of Samsara Diagnostics.

(2)You can purchase a premium subscription for Samsara Audio on Substack. This supports my podcasting efforts, helps me cover costs, and will also gain you access to transcripts of every podcast episode once they are released.

(3) You can purchase my forthcoming book Ideology and Christian Universality, which looks at the historical, theological, and philosophical conflicts in Endo Shusaku's novel Silence, including their relevance for a contemporary theology of liberation, the practice of emancipation, and the growing return to religion and spirituality.

(4) You can shop for books through my Bookshop.org affiliate store so I can receive a small commission on any book purchases you make (they also support local bookstores!). You will also find affiliate links for books in my newsletter as well.

If you'd like to interact with anything I've written, please don't hesitate to use the Contact page to reach out, email me at samsara[at]skiff.com or tweet at me on Twitter. I'd love to connect with you!