Listen to the laughter of the river

We build a wall to keep out a thousand armies The same wall keeps two friends apart Two lovers fingertips cry out for joining And see, Only stone What safety is worth this distance? Listen to the laughter of the river It knows not from whence it came, It cares not for where it ends up It knows itself Only when it touches the riverbank … Continue reading Listen to the laughter of the river

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Imaginary Problems and Static Selves

The static self is a long gone myth. No longer is it tenable for the average person to believe that they are truly and deeply Joe Somebody, inherently so, and so for the rest of their days. Human beings have often suspected this “I, myself” to be somewhat of a hallucination, a persistent one, but a hallucination nonetheless. Modern neuroscience cannot find this fabled “me”, … Continue reading Imaginary Problems and Static Selves

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The beginning and remedy of western suffering

We are a culture on the surface brimming with success, achievement, stability, and unity, but should one peel back the thin film and enquire past the everyday social etiquette, one will find an undercurrent of deep-seated alienation, despair and existential angst lying just under the surface of our social awareness. Whence does this melancholy zeitgeist originate from? Why is our society so profoundly attached to … Continue reading The beginning and remedy of western suffering

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We are reeling the liars in

Look around you. Direct your gaze over towards the low hill of politicians and gamesmanship and tell me what you see. Liars. I’ll tell you what I see. I see toddlers in men’s suits, conning other toddlers into that painful fiction. I see grown men yelling across expensive tables loaded to the brim with complex law volumes the pages of which are as clean as … Continue reading We are reeling the liars in

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The Los-Angelization of Love

The now-famous counterculture mystic Alan Watts has a funny phrase he uses to describe the kind of insincere, plastic progress we see popping up everywhere in display homes, shopping center refurbishments, “reality” television and so on. He calls this process the “Los-Angelization” of the world, referring of course to the excessive and desire-oriented urbanization of the American city of Los Angeles. I feel that we … Continue reading The Los-Angelization of Love

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A tale of riverway

As I sit here with the wind rolling past my mountainside home, warm sun slowly reanimating the dormant insects and reptiles, first stirrings of cars in the distance; I am reminded of the pure and natural expression of the spiritual mind that can be found in the works of the Chinese sages of old. Simply put, the Tao is an unspeakable experience. It cannot be … Continue reading A tale of riverway

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What On Earth Is The Matter With You?

A wink across cyberspace to a being whom I regard as part of myself, namely, you. —What on earth is the matter with you? Every time you come within a hairs breadth of it, you rush off to check whether or not what you just saw had been seen by another Did it occur to you that those who have seen did not walk from … Continue reading What On Earth Is The Matter With You?

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Ode to the weekend

Small scratches on the white tabletop left by edges in the universe! Against the white firmament of table top Microwave in the background, Radiating! Vibration of the sole! Contact with the ultimate ground of carriage floor! The world streams by, punctuated by muffled utterings! My eye, drawn magnetically to the shadowy underside of cars, Power lines frame delicate space and call attention to emptiness between … Continue reading Ode to the weekend

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Process: A Manifesto for Modern Boddhisatvas

Process: the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, practiced, embodied, or realized, a combination of reflection and action that realizes the historicity of human persons. In this sense actions are realized in light of the way they affect history. Don’t escalate the hostility, don’t escalate the anger, control your mind, watch what you’re doing, be aware – totally. Demonstrate your tranquility … Continue reading Process: A Manifesto for Modern Boddhisatvas

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