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Book Review: Way of the Peaceful Warrior

July 19, 2009

Today’s hike was a good one.  Jack said it was “pretty easy”, then promptly fell asleep in the car for half an hour.  On the way back we stopped at the Rosendale street festival to see our friends Johnny and Nicole.  It was pretty interesting.  I checked out some of Johnny’s art and bought some […]

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“No Coincidences” Doesn’t Mean Obvious Reasons

May 7, 2009

My wi-fi was down last night.  Or more specifically, as Scott pointed out, my neighbor’s internet was down last night.  It went down pretty much as soon as I sat down to write.  Coincidence? The post I had planned was going to be a tongue-in-cheek bit entitled “I’m So Deep” or something of that nature.  […]

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The Oxygen Mask Analogy

May 1, 2009

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating:  there’s an excellent analogy I heard once-upon-a-time that regards self-care, and it goes like this: There’s a reason why the oxygen mask instructions say to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you put it on your children:  if you spend your time trying to […]

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A Jack of All Trades: Morality, Meditation, and Wisdom

January 30, 2009

So as I sit here with a cheekful of cherry Skoal, my green money candle and stick of some kind of incense burning, listening to somebody play Bach on the harpsichord pretty well, I thought I might write a little more about what D. T. Suzuki has been telling me about Zen Buddhism. I read […]

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More on Meditation

January 21, 2009

Of the things that interested me about the study and practice of Zen were statements like “chop wood, fetch water, seek enlightenment”.  Statements that Zen is intensely practical piqued my interest.  I’ve stated before that I’m a Pragmatist (“do what works”).  I came to this conclusion on my own, through experience and study – but […]

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Sitting Zazen

January 20, 2009

I’ve read about many different forms of meditation: moon-walking, sun-walking, yoga, wall staring, zazen, etc. The books relating to Zen Buddhism I’ve read that have been written by westerners stress zazen as the sine qua non of Zen practice.  Zazen itself takes many forms (koan meditation, etc.), but the central idea is sitting still – which […]

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