Short bio :
Ian Truman is a novelist, poet, and visual artist from the East-End of Montreal. He is a fan of dirty realism, noir, satire, punk, hardcore and hopes to mix these genres in all of his works.
A graduate of Concordia University’s creative writing program, he won the 2013 Expozine Awards for best book in English (A TEENAGE SUICIDE). His latest works include GRAND TRUNK AND SHEARER (Down and Out Books) and the Montreal Noir anthology (Akashic Press) as well as the upcoming DOWN WITH THE UNDERDOGS.
Email : Iantruman@hotmail.ca
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/iantruman1982
Instagram : @trumanian
No Twitter (on purpose).
Straight Edge and Buddhism
Straight Edge and Buddhism are two things that are extremely important to me. I am also a vegetarian, but since I feel this is a logical consequence of being a Straight Edge and Buddhist, I don’t think it will come as a shock.
These issues have been discussed plenty elsewhere, I will limit my words to this and send you to better references for you to make up your mind.
Straight Edge is the idea that it is unnecessary for you to take any form of drugs or alcohol or cigarettes in order to have fun, be part of a community or to have any sort of social life. The general idea is to have self-control over your mind and body, in that regard, many (most?) Straight Edge kids will not fuck (as in sex) unless they feel a certain emotional attachment to the person.
These are the basics. There’s been good things and questionable things that were related to sXe over the years. I have no intention of getting into such a debate.
You can read Beth Lahickey’s “All Ages, reflections on Straight Edge” if you want to learn more :
And about Buddhism, well it is complex, complicated and liberating all at once. Remember that everything is interconnected, nothing is permanent (including both joy and suffering) and that the eightfold path will take you away from suffering.
I enjoyed the teachings of Thich Nath Than. There are plenty of masters out there, I believe the better way to learn buddhism is by experience, a minimum of theory, and meditating on your own.