Posted in March 2009

Big Sit and Integral Practice

As the Big Sit continues, I find myself exploring not only mental and spiritual practice but also physical. In the mornings, I’ve started to do basic exercise and stretching. It’s strange but not surprising, as the weeks went on during the Big Sit, my body seemed to be clearly telling me things: exercise! Eat right! … Continue reading

Talk of Hypercosmic God…

I’ll open with this, because it certainly caught my attention: “There must exist, beyond mere appearances … a ‘veiled reality’ that science does not describe but only glimpses uncertainly. In turn, contrary to those who claim that matter is the only reality, the possibility that other means, including spirituality, may also provide a window on … Continue reading

Nebulous Pantheism?

Hey folks! So I’ve decided to take a brief diversion from trying to “keep it simple” during the Big Sit. But it will be very brief, indeed. I recently had to write a paper for my philosophy class: Freedom and Responsibility. In it, we students were asked to discuss the nature of freedom in relation … Continue reading

White Plum

Song and lyrics by Stuart Davis, in the pulsing of a blue stream till the ache lead to a red pool where the vein broke and a lie bled love now your lips pursed in the orchard under moonlight with an arm stretched for a branch with a ripe, white plum Album, “Something Simple” and … Continue reading

Teachers

A Zen monk spent many months under the instruction of his Roshi, gaining great insight and in time, becoming a part of the Buddhist tradition and lineage himself. One day during a deep meditation, he began to be profoundly moved by the sounds of nature outside, to the point where he began to ask whether … Continue reading

Mindfulness every day.

In Zen, we often here the task of the practitioner is to silence the mind. In modern society this can be very difficult. Gone are the days we can find blocks of quiet time. We are imbedded with technology – cell phones, instant messages, wifi – all wizzing by through the air. Yet, even in … Continue reading

What is Ego, anyway?

In my current philosophy class, Freedom and Responsibility, we’re going over some classical but pretty interesting material. One of the major themes that keeps coming up is: the more freedom we have, the more anxiety can arise. This is due to the amount of responsibilities laid upon us, which originally were dealt with by family, … Continue reading

Work, writing, fiction…Zen.

As the Big Sit continues, I find a part of myself that is hyper-rationalizing. Also, I find that this part of myself, to some degree, is a response to the environment: the explosion of available material (library books, gift cards to book stores), and schoolwork. My head, however, issued a warning as of late: Past … Continue reading