"All the world's a stage," Shakespeare wrote: actors, strutting and fretting, and audiences projecting worlds into the theatre. But how much deeper it runs! The "actors" are perhaps the fundamental energies of the world: quarks, electrons, the very fabric of space and time. They "play," moving about in random ways, taking on "roles" when we … Continue reading On Shakespeare and Quantum Physics
There is a pull, sometimes, deep within us. It calls, heavy, shrouded in mist and mystery. It is most noticeable when we are happy -- when our lives glide smoothly along comfortable tracks. Then, in moments of gratitude and love (yes, real, both), we feel that something is missing (or needed). The call is clear … Continue reading The Pull
Most of the time, our mind is sticky. Imagine a lake in Summer. The lake is your mind. When leaves (thoughts) blow onto the lake, the water grabs them. Holds on tight. The leaf belongs to the lake now. In fact, as time passes, the lake begins to integrate the leaf. Absorbs it into itself. … Continue reading What is Meditation?
In language, we have a clay that we can mould, though once it hardens, it moulds us: our thoughts and the world. In poetry, we have language moulded with skill, crafting new shapes, new mirrors, new eyes with which to see the world -- within and without. But this language -- so necessary to thought … Continue reading Our World of Words
I sit at my desk, perched on my chair. Out the window, a robin patrols the roof, protecting her nearby nest. Whose house is this? To her, I am invisible -- the interior of the house does not exist. When I emerge from the front door, she cannot fathom my world, but she swoops and … Continue reading Whose House is This?
Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheshwara. Guru sakshat, param Brahma, tasmai shri guravay namah. Our creation is that guru (Brahma-the force of creation); the duration of our lives is that guru (Vishnu-the force of preservation); our trials, tribulations, illnesses, calamities and the death of the body is that guru (devo Maheshwara-the force of destruction … Continue reading Guru Gratitude Meditation
— Ursula Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven “We have also been variously disturbed. Concepts cross in mist. Perception is difficult. Volcanoes emit fire. Help is offered: refusably. Snakebite serum is not prescribed for all. Before following directions leading in wrong directions, auxiliary forces may be summoned, in immediate-following fashion: Er’ perrehnne!” “Er’ perrehnne,” Orr … Continue reading Er’perrehne
A summary of chapters 1 and 2, on the history of Taoism and Buddhism Like Taoism and Yoga, Zen is a “way of liberation,” which can have no formal definition. It must instead be defined by what it is not. Zen is the product of Taoism and Buddhism. We may find it difficult to understand … Continue reading Alan Watts: The Way of Zen