Posted in July 2008

Night Falls

“So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. I would stand upon facts.” – Thoreau

Thought-Feel

We think! And we feel. Yet are not both thoughts and feelings tangled and woven together? It seems that thoughts arise just as easily as feelings, and often one with the other to accompany. Even the most studious and analytic minds are laced with feeling. So it’s better to say that you are neither thoughts … Continue reading

On Papers, People and the Like

Leave it to us writers, thinkers to come up with such elaborates tales as “selves.” What are such things? Are we not playing pretend when we scribble and theorize, propose and identify? Who is there to pretend? What fascinating masks we weave to ensue a drama of “me,” or in academic cases, “us,” to play … Continue reading

In the Present

Staying in the present with “who we are,” but are we really staying? If anything, all we can do is recognize the moment non-conceptually. It’s before action, and before thought, so it’s non-action, non-thought.  There’s no remaining, only training this little “self” to see, simply. Presence is, existence is. You can rest at the bottom … Continue reading

Afraid of Who..

The one argument that is often cited against the spiritual experience: It is a false claim, a projection of the mind, and it is unprovable. It cannot be verified with another person. But what about Buddhism?  It seems easier to pick on the metaphysics of Christianity, since a belief in God often implies a deity, … Continue reading

"Letter to a Christian Nation"

I’m currently reading this book by Sam Harris. Honestly, as great as “The End of Faith,” was -this book is short, sweet and to the point. Today I found a short piece of writing by Vonnegut, in which he writes, Your rule might be this: If a sentence, no matter how excellent, does not illuminate … Continue reading

Falling under the spell?

Ever notice how easy it is to find a particular view about the world utterly convincing? How we tend to adapt particular attitudes, some of them passionately and thoroughly, and at times find ourselves alienated from our own potential to understand another’s viewpoint? Like finding ourselves at the driving end of an ideological spear, we … Continue reading