October 22, 2005

I’m listening to music from the movie: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring.It is a deep, peaceful melody, tainted with bits of melancholy and mystery. It is slow, artful, and delicate. It teaches you to examine each moment, and as you do, new sounds emerge. It is a loop, the same tones repeating themselves over and over; but it is different each time. It gets deeper, and if you let it, it will draw you into its rich, colorful depths.I… Read more

October 21, 2005

New satellite imaging reveals that the destruction to rainforests in the Amazon is much worse than previously known. (links 1, 2, 3)The cause? Beef (links 1, 2 (pdf.), 3). Beef and (mostly) illegal harvest of prized Amazonian hardwoods and other trees (links 1, 2). Who buys it? Not Brazilian farmers and ranchers. Americans, Europeans, and other affluent folks like you and me.Beef: It’s cheaper to cut down an acre of rainforest, plant grass, raise a cow, kill and ‘process’ it,… Read more

October 20, 2005

I’m still ‘cruising’ or ‘coasting’ (terms denoting when one’s mood is lifted about 3 points on a 1-10 scale following a short retreat or vacation) from my weekend in Bozeman.Matthew is as impressive and energetic as ever, demanding that we deal with issues in our lives that make our time on the mat (meditating) difficult. Mostly he means dealing with things in our past that keep coming up: resentment, grief, and incompletions. Some people found his intensity difficult, but others… Read more

October 14, 2005

I’ll be on a Buddhist retreat for the weekend with Matthew Flickstein in Bozeman MT. I did a 10 day retreat with him in May of 2004 and I was very impressed. He is a former Theravadin (Pali for ‘way of the elders,’ the oldest surviving Buddhist tradition) monk, but incorporated a wide variety of teachings into the retreat which culminated in a Dzogchen (Tibetan: ‘great perfection’) meditation. He also spoke kindly of Christianity as a mystical tradition, and was… Read more

October 13, 2005

To be completed…. Read more

October 13, 2005

I’ve been working on a theory lately. It’s rough, but try to follow.Philosophers since Kant (1724-1804) have argued that the world we see is influenced by concepts. This means roughly that my world and the world of the Inuit are probably radically different. The world of Homeric poetry with its epic figures, active gods, and bizarre creatures is certainly different from our modern technologized, bureaucratic, media-driven society. The stories you are told as a child, the people you know, the… Read more

October 13, 2005

Paralyzed with anxiety, numbed with fear, overwhelmed by minutia…. Symptoms of our society’s ills, manifest in each of us at some time or another. Three things about them:1. They’re natural. The world is a complicated, confusing, chaotic place. Our way of understanding it breaks down sometimes; occasionally even cute puppy dogs bite. Accept the confusion, it is trying to teach you something.2. Take a break. When chaos reigns; or preferably, before it gets that far, take a day off from… Read more

October 12, 2005

It was another ‘philosophy forum’ day in my happy little life today, and I saw: Philip CattonSenior Lecturer in PhilosophySchool of Religious StudiesUniversity of Canterbury, Christchurch, New ZealandImmanence and Ideality Consider space, time and causality, or morality, or authenticity in art. Rude immanentism concerning them defiles their unity. Transcendentism is however without any footing in what is ours to know. Between immanent and transcendent there is a line of ideality. Wisdom hugs that line – on the inside. And what… Read more

October 11, 2005

Yes that’s right: he who lives off of dehydrated lentil soup, oatmeal, soy milk, homemade Indian curries, and pumpkin seeds has resorted to the tactics of cheesy-fatty-starchy garbage combined with a carbonated, high fructose corn syrup and caramel colored caffeine delivery system as aids through the perils of cram-writing an MA dissertation upon which (how much I don’t know) my future hangs.You think that’s convoluted, you should see what I’m writing about Kant’s ethics…Here’s a randomly selected sentence:”Kant gives the… Read more

October 10, 2005

Written by John Lennon, born on this date 1940. Imagine Imagine there’s no heaven, It’s easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky, Imagine all the people living for today… Imagine there’s no countries, It isnt hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, No religion too, Imagine all the people living life in peace… Imagine no possesions, I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man, Imagine all… Read more

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