“Waking Life” on Existentialism

A clip from the film Waking Life. … [Read more...]

Honest Scrap Comes to Monkey Mind

Monkey Mind has been "awarded" the Honest Scrap by two fellow bloggers, Enlightenment Ward and Rev. Danny Fisher.This award is bestowed upon a fellow blogger whose blog content or design is, in the giver’s opinion, brilliant. This award is about bloggers who post from their heart, who oftentimes put their heart on display as they write from the depths of their soul.1) brag about it; 2) choose a minimum of seven blogs that I find brilliant; 3) and list ten honest things about myself.Both Danny F … [Read more...]

Kant, Wrong for America

Thank you, Robyn, for putting us straight.Although, I have to admit, here's a cogent defense of a Buddhist read of Kant! … [Read more...]

Marriage Equality in Maine

Today Governor John Baldacci of Maine signed a marriage equality bill into law.The battle is won, if not yet the war.Bless them all, this is the work of God... … [Read more...]

The Dynamics of Reality (As I See it) Or, What Happens When Unitarian Universalism & Zen Buddhism Meet

I've long been taken with the current Unitarian Universalist Statement of Principles & Purposes.It is the most recent of a long line of attempts not to formulate a creed, that is a statement one must assent to in order to belong to a group, but rather an attempt to describe what is commonly held among this band. As such there have traditionally been "escape clauses," that is in one manner or another an acknowledgment no individual must subscribe to this statement or they will not be admitted … [Read more...]

The Best One Gets Without Meditation

While I'm quite fond Cinco De Mayo, among the other things worth noting today is how it is Soren Kierkegaard's birthday.I discovered him in my late adolescence, and, my, he was a liberating force...(God, hard to read, however! I recall one translator footnoting a particularly hard paragraph, declaring in that note that he really wasn't as awful a translator as the passage suggested...)I continue to be impressed by existentialists of all stripes. I like to think of existentialism as the best a … [Read more...]

You Only Have What You Give

Paralyzed and silent in her bed, my daughter Paula taught me a lesson that is now my mantra: You only have what you give. It’s by spending yourself that you become rich. …The pain of losing my child was a cleansing experience. I had to throw overboard all excess baggage and keep only what is essential. Because of Paula, I don’t cling to anything anymore. Now I like to give much more than I receive. I am happier when I love than when I am loved. I adore my husband, my son, my grandchildren, my mot … [Read more...]

Rhode Island Declares Independence

On this day in 1776 the colony of Rhode Island formally renounced any allegiance to the British crown, two months before the lallygags in the other colonies followed suit...(It would also become the last state to ratify the constitution. But that's another story...)We may be small, but we're feisty... … [Read more...]

FROM PROVIDENCE TO KATMANDU & BACK AGAIN: Reflections on a Spirial Path

FROM PROVIDENCE TO KATMANDU AND BACK AGAIN Reflections on a Spiral PathA Sermon byJames Ishmael Ford3 May 2009First Unitarian ChurchProvidence, Rhode IslandText The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name' sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: For thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, … [Read more...]

A Brief Notice on Comments

Due to attempts to use the comments on my blog for purposes beyond my intent for this blog I have disabled that function.If anyone has anything to say to me about any blog entry, or for that matter, on any subject, please feel free to contact me directly. I post an address prominently in the field to the right of the posts. … [Read more...]