the learning laboratory at the end
of the universe...
was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition, spent some years teaching
in a Russian Orthodox Seminary, spent over twenty years married to a
Methodist, studied Zen (and practice it, sporadically)and Judaism, and,
I am or the opinion that whatever works, whenever it works, is valid.
I am fonder of Zen than I am of Christianity. Zen (or any
other form of Buddhism)doesn't deal with "sacred mysteries". It's
all in front of your face. You just have to learn to see it.
Shunryu Suyuki is one of my favorite authors. He says things like
do you like zazen? I think it may be better to ask, how do you like
brown rice? Zazen is too big a topic. Brown rice is just
right. Actually, there is not much difference."
attraction to Zen and Douglas Adams explain each other, but they tell
you nothing much about me, other than maybe some people find me odd.....
like to talk like Douglas Adams
wrote. I'll say "so long, and thanks for all the fish" on my way
of the pub, or "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think
I have ended up where I needed to be.” (which I often use as an
signature) but I'm not Douglas Adams. For one thing, he's dead,
I were, I wouldn't be writing this, so you are blessed. Suzuki is
dead too, but I'm beginning to think that doesn't mean much. Dead
is dead. Dying, however, can be painful. Dying is one of the big
reasons we have religion. The biggest one is our inferiority
complex as a biological family.
Zen, as with the five books of Adams' trilogy, we learn that there's a
lot of nonsense in our lives. The trick is to recognize it and
give it back to its creators in the form of wisdom. No, there are
no helpful hints here, this is only opinion (read the title).
the Orthodox tradition of Hesychastic Prayer the monk sits, controls
breathing, and repeats prayers and meditates much in the same way that
a Buddhist practices Zazen. You can do this without prayer, as
well. Think about the mindlessness of playing solitaire on a
computer and the way random thoughts enter your mind. The same
can be said of many other forms of activity. If we eliminate the
random thoughts, we can come to a state of no-mind. Not so
traditional, but it can work. And that's all I have to say about
am not talking about this thing where the world seems new and the heart
is in the heavens, nor am I talking about flowers and candy. Love
is a hard thing. It means sacrifice. Some of this sacrifice
is the giving away of self. This is not easy, but it's the thing
that love is made of. Love is not about self, it's about the
other. This is something many forget. If you love someone and
they do something that is not good for you, love tells you to forgive
them. If you love someone and they have a problem, love tells you
to help them.
Love is like a good, well-broken in pair of
hiking boots. This means, if you take care of them, they will
last a very long time and they will keep you warm and dry and free of
pain as you travel.
early June, 2010: nota bene
wives and lovers of the writer are still loved, regardless of legal, spatial, or temporal status of the
relationship. You may find that hard to believe, but it's just another case of truth which is stranger
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