Pixels without proverbial provenance, they both knew what they were. Buffet Buddhists, defying cages, tagged for progressive classification. Wonder world, inexpressible problems, all lonely, we live with each other. Chronic complainers, a hundred times a hundred, gloomy mind experiments. The emotional surface of lost futures. Do we know enough to know the truth? Unconscious man … Continue reading Semi-Auto Cut-Up: Experimental Condition
"This is the idea that we are slaves to Empire, and the world is a prison from which we need to free ourselves, what the gnostics called 'the puny cell of the creator God.' It is what Dick calls the BIP, the Black Iron Prison, which is opposed to the spiritual redemption of the PTG, … Continue reading The Dream Within The Dream
"Wherever we may be in our practice, we’ve all at times asked ourselves: What would it be like if I sat a little longer? Perhaps after our first afternoon, or daylong silent retreat, we thought—'I was really able finally to settle in there and experience stillness. It was powerful, and some interesting thoughts arose. What … Continue reading A Deeper Dive: Reflections on a Four-Year Silent Meditation Retreat
"All we have to do is choose between pleasant sense contacts and the end of dukkha. That one choice determines our lives." —Ayya Khema, Be an Island, pg. 29.
The central idea of Buddhism is that human beings are driven by ego which tends to be dissatisfied, or when satisfied, fears change, which always comes. But, we can always choose to be satisfied, to walk our path and accept what comes our way. It's wanting things our way that creates karma, or things we're … Continue reading The Poor Man Sells Peace
I am subject to old age. I am subject to illness. I am subject to death. I must be parted and separated from everyone and everything dear and agreeable to me. I am the owner of my karma.
From Catholicism, I learned the value of ritual, religious practice and the power of story to shape our understanding of the world. Years after hearing a homily from one Sunday, I still think of the need to leave a series of empty tombs. The resurrection applies not to some afterlife, it applies to this one, … Continue reading The Temple of LiLoLa