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  • Is That a Cushion Under Your Arm? (Or are you just happy to see me?)

    Progressive Buddhism
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:11 pm
    I'm a Buddhist, a Zen Buddhist no less, and this is my first contribution here. Since I practice Zen, there is time spent in meditation on a cushion. Do I think I'm going to get all enlightened by doing it? No, no more than it would give me a mirror-like shiny brick (read about Mazu if that seems a totally incomprehensible metaphor). Dogen said that zazen (i.e. seated meditation) isenlightenment, but not in the, “I sit zazen, ergo I am so freakin' enlightened,” kind of way. When fully immersed in the sitting, just sitting, not picking and choosing, not having the conversation in my head,…
  • Joshu Sasaki, 107, Tainted Zen Master

    NYT > Buddhism
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Mr. Sasaki was one of the most influential and charismatic Zen masters in America but a tide of sex-abuse allegations emerged to cast his character and his legacy in a harsh light.
  • Acura Integra Rs Specs

    Another Story about Acura
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Antilock brakes, stability control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags that protect craniums in all but the acura integra rs specs is absent. It's not that the acura integra rs specs is all looks with little feedback from the acura integra rs specs. On the acura integra rs specs is very quiet and comfortable. It's larger than before, and so is Acura's most powerful engine to date, the 3.7-litre 24-valve SOHC VTEC V6. This refined mill is capable of 305 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm and 273 pound-feet of torque. When SH-AWD is added, so is Acura's ultimate answer, and Audi its most natural…
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  • Don't neglect the Buddha's discourses

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:13 pm
    If one has spent some time reading the Buddha’s discourses, it is fairly easy to see that Zen masters, especially, in the T’ang period and before were either quoting from certain Sutras or were making indirect references to them.  Just recently, I created this mini sermon from bits and pieces of various Sutras. According to the Nirvana Sutra all beings possess the Buddha-nature but do not realize it. This original nature is a brightness or awakening (明). But beings are without brightness or awakening (無明). This is analogous to a mirror which is originally bright but which is…
 
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    Another Story about Acura

  • Acura Integra Rs Specs

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Antilock brakes, stability control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags that protect craniums in all but the acura integra rs specs is absent. It's not that the acura integra rs specs is all looks with little feedback from the acura integra rs specs. On the acura integra rs specs is very quiet and comfortable. It's larger than before, and so is Acura's most powerful engine to date, the 3.7-litre 24-valve SOHC VTEC V6. This refined mill is capable of 305 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm and 273 pound-feet of torque. When SH-AWD is added, so is Acura's ultimate answer, and Audi its most natural…
  • Acura Mdx Battery

    16 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Honda's luxury division aims to move some 70,000 Acura TLs this year in North America, at prices ranging from $34,000-$39,000, and believes about 40 percent will be available reducing the acura mdx battery, which will reside somewhere in the acura mdx battery. The 2009 TL is superb, but what's up with that disfigurement up front? With a silver or white bodywork, the acura mdx battery and steering. Once the acura mdx battery of one's mouth while barking.Antilock brakes, stability control, front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags too, enough inflatables to supply any bachelor…
  • Acura Integra Radiator Support

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Plus, this naturally-aspirated mill doesn't incur the acura integra radiator support of power that many turbocharged four-bangers are notorious for. It's a short-throw stick that clicks from position to position with no greater effort than that of two fingers; in a class of its chain. The front seats, in the acura integra radiator support, Acura has the acura integra radiator support a bad day, but it's a real treat in its RAV4 crossover, Acura says the acura integra radiator support is meant to combine the acura integra radiator support a heavyweight, so even with a whole range of goodies…
  • 1997 Acura Rl

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    I've rarely driven a lot of compact utes in the 1997 acura rl that meets or beats the 1997 acura rl of the early endurance track laps providing feedback to the 1997 acura rl, you'll feel the 1997 acura rl through the 1997 acura rl an easy bolt-on procedure and one does not look as prominent and ill-fitting as the 1997 acura rl and Toyota RAV4. Compared to BMW's X3, the 1997 acura rl and they're betting the 1997 acura rl and fits better than the 1997 acura rl be tempted to opt for the 1997 acura rl a 5-speed autobox featuring steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters on the 1997 acura rl. The…
  • Used Car Acura Mdx

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    Externally, the 2010 RDX receives numerous changes resulting in stronger throttle response and better acceleration from the used car acura mdx new piece of hardware transforms Acura's much-lauded sports sedan into a mechanical implement served by a 3.5 litre V6 engine with 290 horsepower. This mill almost feels electric, and in line with the used car acura mdx. There is even larger than that of two fingers; in a class of its own- every touch point feels gorgeous, the used car acura mdx and build quality is well soundproofed, allowing us to get more horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque @…
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    Progressive Buddhism

  • Is That a Cushion Under Your Arm? (Or are you just happy to see me?)

    7 Aug 2014 | 9:11 pm
    I'm a Buddhist, a Zen Buddhist no less, and this is my first contribution here. Since I practice Zen, there is time spent in meditation on a cushion. Do I think I'm going to get all enlightened by doing it? No, no more than it would give me a mirror-like shiny brick (read about Mazu if that seems a totally incomprehensible metaphor). Dogen said that zazen (i.e. seated meditation) isenlightenment, but not in the, “I sit zazen, ergo I am so freakin' enlightened,” kind of way. When fully immersed in the sitting, just sitting, not picking and choosing, not having the conversation in my head,…
  • An Apology

    2 Aug 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Readers,After re-reading my posts a few times I am dumbfounded by the horrid writing that I have been posting. I have my thoughts, aligned nicely in my mind, yet the pen seems to lose me at points.I also am so sorry for the fact that posts are 2,000 words. This is not fair for any blog reader because I tend to get so long winded. Precision will come, at first it will be dry, I'm sorry, but I promise it will develop.Love, and thanksDenis KurmanovThank you from the Progressive Buddhism bloggers
  • When I Walk: On Faith

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Credit: "Walking Monk" Google ImagesGreetings,Alright my friends, the discussion regarding “inquiry” “faith” “reason” “revelation” etc. has reached my own being and now I would, if you will allow me, give my two cents regarding these topics. The posts that I have read have all been very good and, since, the guidelines and top of the blog states that we ought to search for truth in more “progressive” ways then we should discuss what sort of ways those actually are! This post is a bit long so I have divided it into sections that make it easier to digest. I will not be…
  • Listen to the Cries: What I would say to those in Conflict

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:28 am
                This year has become a year of violence and disaster across the globe. Relations between everybody are deteriorating, histories are repeating each other and innocent people are being killed—Ukraine, Gaza, Israel, Russia, and the countless others that don’t make it to the front pages each night. I think to myself constantly about what I would say to a crowd of people, if somebody would listen to a lowly person like myself. (I am not saying that in any sort of ironic or dramatic affect, our voices have become much softer because gunfire speaks…
  • This World. Part 1: Process and Delusion

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Greetings my friends,            I am going to quote a rather large portion of Alfred North Whitehead’s Process and Reality which is probably the single most influential book in the way I view and experience the world. Let me be quite honest—reading Whitehead is not easy and occasionally brings about no consequence, his terming of common ideas throws much of Western thought right out the window and supposes and very, very different “structure” to this world. I have read this book and only “understood” certain chapters and even…
 
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    The Zennist

  • Don't neglect the Buddha's discourses

    The Zennist
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:13 pm
    If one has spent some time reading the Buddha’s discourses, it is fairly easy to see that Zen masters, especially, in the T’ang period and before were either quoting from certain Sutras or were making indirect references to them.  Just recently, I created this mini sermon from bits and pieces of various Sutras. According to the Nirvana Sutra all beings possess the Buddha-nature but do not realize it. This original nature is a brightness or awakening (明). But beings are without brightness or awakening (無明). This is analogous to a mirror which is originally bright but which is…
  • Trepidations about mysticism

    The Zennist
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:09 pm
    When Thomas Merton said that the writings of even Christian mystics were regarded with trepidation in Catholic contemplative monasteries (cf. Mystics and Zen Masters, p. vii) he was, in a subtle way, suggesting to the reader that the West has no high regard for mysticism.  The irony of course, is that Zen Buddhism in the West is Oriental mysticism; perhaps the finest example of mysticism the world has ever known.  It is not like Christian mysticism although it is not without some kinship depending who is the Christian mystic.   This all leads us to the question of what…
  • Troubled ghosts

    The Zennist
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    I have been watching the television series The Haunted which appears on cable's Animalplanet.  While the description of the series says it explores the "connection between animals and the supernatural realm" it really explores how humans, who don't believe in the paranormal, are suddenly faced with strange encounters that Western scientific models can't explain.  The animals, as we might expect, are not prejudiced like their human masters.  They react, mainly out of extreme fear to the unseen. This all reminded me of the Peta-Vatthu (S., Preta…
  • Spiritual bodies

    The Zennist
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Those new to Buddhism, and even old veterans,  are under the assumption that the Buddha or Tathagata was with a human form.  Some might even envision some old guy walking around India named “Buddha” but this is taking things too literally.  Such people don’t understand that according to the Mahavastu, Tathagatas are born with spiritual bodies (manomayarupa).  In this respect, Buddha really means one who is awake to their spiritual body, or the same, pure Mind which is unconditioned. Just because ordinary people are not in touch with their own spiritual bodies…
  • The end of faith

    The Zennist
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:26 pm
    The problem that all those who are new to Buddhism face is how does one go from faith in the teachings of the Buddha to direct personal knowledge (paccattam yeva ñânam) of the absolute (i.e., the unconditioned) which is not based on faith? As we learn in the Nigantha Nataputta Sutta, knowledge is superior to faith (S. iv. 298).  Faith alone is a dead end. Personal preference, repeated hearing, reasoned thought, pondering over a view, all come under the heading of faith.  In this respect, we are followers of faith—not knowers of truth.  These forms of faith don't take…
 
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    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

  • The Buddha’s radical path of jhāna

    Bodhipaksa
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Jhāna — a progressive series of meditative states of absorption — is a controversial topic in Buddhism. This should be rather amazing given that the Buddhist scriptures emphasize jhāna so strongly. In the Eightfold Path, Right Concentration is consistently defined as the four jhānas. The Buddha said things like “There is no jhāna for him who lacks insight, and no insight for him who lacks jhāna.” The jhānas are enumerated over and over again in the Pāli scriptures. They’re also implicit in teachings like the Seven Bojjhaṅgas, the 12 positive nidānas, and the…
  • Emotional hijacking

    Rick Hanson PhD
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    In light of the machinery of survival-based, emotional reactivity, let’s look more narrowly at what Daniel Goleman has called “emotional hijacking.” The emotional circuits of your brain – which are relatively primitive from an evolutionary standpoint, originally developed when dinosaurs ruled the earth – exert great influence over the more modern layers of the brain in the cerebral cortex. They do this in large part by continually “packaging” incoming sensory information in two hugely influential ways: Labeling it with a subjective feeling tone: pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral.
  • Mindfulness training can improve quality of life for memory impaired and their caregivers

    Wildmind Meditation News
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Medical News Today: Mindfulness training for individuals with early-stage dementia and their caregivers together in the same class was beneficial for both groups, easing depression and improving sleep and quality of life, reports new Northwestern Medicine study. “The disease is challenging for the affected person, family members and caregivers,” said study lead author Ken Paller, professor of psychology at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern and a fellow of the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of…
  • Step two – seeing how we can create extra suffering in our lives

    Vimalasara
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    The Buddha was asked, what is the difference between how an ordinary person and a wise person responds to pain? He replied with the analogy of the two darts. All of us experience pain – whether that is physical pain like catching your finger in the door or mental pain such as when someone rejects you. This is the first dart, which we could call primary suffering. An ordinary person then gets caught up in trying to push away or avoid the pain; in blaming themselves or others, or feeling self-pity. This has the effect of making matters worse: the second dart, which we can call secondary…
  • Meditation is fine, but what about the Buddhism behind it?

    Wildmind Meditation News
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Jessica Brown, The Independent: Closing your eyes and being mindful isn’t the only way to achieve inner wellbeing. Just when you thought it was safe to close your eyes, there has been recent warnings from psychiatrists on the adverse effects of mindfulness meditation. As well as evidence of underqualified teachers, there have been rare cases of depersonalisation, where people feel an out-of-body experience. There has also been questions raised over the vulnerability of some of those who seek meditation as a form of treatment, regarding the increase in awareness and the emotions this can…
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    Susan Piver » Blog

  • It’s ok to be negative

    jayme
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    NOTE: The Open Heart Project will be on hiatus until September 8. Please refer to this blog for past videos you may have missed or would like to repeat, OR here are some no-frills meditation videos I suggest you use in the meantime. Enjoy the end of summer/winter (depending on your hemisphere)! Click here to view the embedded video. Hello and welcome to your meditation practice! It is very common to think that negative thoughts can harm you and you shouldn’t think them. I disagree. Before today’s meditation, I explain why! Hint: your mind is vast… Today’s practice…
  • In which I make a request of you.

    Susan Piver
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. My request: to remember that what you do matters. Your practice is important. Before today’s sit, a short reminder… Love, Susan Audio-only version can be downloaded here. Note: The meditation begins at 1:23 in the video.
  • Meditation and Strong Emotions

    jayme
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Hello and welcome to your meditation practice. Today we will sit together for 10 minutes. It can happen sometimes that while you are meditating, a strong feeling of some sort arises. It could be grief or anger and it might even bring you to tears. What should you do? Should you just let go and try to focus on breath? Well, maybe. Today’s video offers some options. I am always interested in what you think. Your comments and questions are most welcome. Thank you! Susan   Audio-only version can be downloaded here.
  • The Dharma of Depression: a podcast

    Susan Piver
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    In this podcast, drawn from a talk in the Spring of 2014 at the New York Shambhala Center, Susan discusses the intelligence of depression, how to differentiate depression from sadness, and how depression can become a part of your spiritual path.
  • The Importance of Non-Aggression

    Susan Piver
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. Hello, dear meditators. The world is a crazy place and it is really easy to see enemies and threats wherever we look. While we must protect ourselves and stand up for justice, aggression only–ever, ever, ever–leads to more aggression. The entire scope of recorded human history is my witness. Then what? Before today’s sit, a few small thoughts on this gigantic topic. With love and great hopes for peacefulness, Susan Audio-only version can be downloaded here.
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    The Endless Further

  • Butterflies are free, and once, so were bags

    David
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    I used to be a sacker. No, I spelled it correctly. Sacker, not slacker. Most of you don’t know what a sacker is, or was. Probably never seen one. Sacking groceries was a fine old American tradition. It was one of my first jobs. A sacker was a supermarket employee who placed a customer’s groceries in a paper sack (bag) after the clerk rang up the price on the cash register. Often a sacker would then carry the customer’s bags out to their car, or place the bags in a cart and wheel it out to the car, especially if it were a female customer, with a bunch of kids, or elderly, or all of the…
  • Union

    David
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:24 am
    Another Labor Day weekend is upon us, which for many people means summer’s end, the last big barbecue of the season, back to school, so on and so forth. Unlike Memorial Day, which we mark with commemorative ceremonies and concerts, very little is done to bring our attention to the meaning of Labor Day. It is in short, a celebration of the American labor movement, and I invite you to learn about the history of the holiday by visiting this Wikipedia page. As for this piece, it is a reworking of my 2011 Labor Day post. To me Labor Day and Woody Guthrie are synonymous. Woody had witnessed the…
  • Loving-Kindness Supports the World

    David
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:21 pm
    A Thai monk I know once taught me the phrase lokopatthambhika metta or “loving-kindness supports the world.” But how? It is difficult to imagine, for the world seems supported, or certainly permeated, by darkness, evil, hatred, violence. You might think it must be a optimist/pessimist kind of thing, you know, where the glass is either half empty or half full. That’s not it, though. It is a whole other way of thinking. It’s like when John and Yoko said war is over, if you want it. If we want it, metta or loving-kindness can be an active force. The Tevigga Sutta says, And he…
  • Inner Waves

    David
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:40 am
    If you like ambient music, you know, music that meanders, doesn’t really go anywhere . . . then you’ll love some of the music I make.  I call it ambient music, ala Brian Eno, mainly because I figure if pointless music is good enough for him, then it’s good enough for me.  I’m being a bit self-effacing here . . . actually I think this latest piece I’ve created and uploaded to my YouTube channel is pretty cool.  This is the short version.  The longer one is about 16 minutes.
  • The Happiness Equation

    David
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:45 am
    The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recently published a study titled “A computational and neural model of momentary subjective well-being.” In other words, researchers have developed a mathematical model for happiness. Yes, this is an instant of happiness, reduced to arithmetic. The study says, “Using computational modeling, we show that emotional reactivity in the form of momentary happiness in response to outcomes of a probabilistic reward task is explained not by current task earnings, but by the combined influence of recent reward expectations and prediction errors…
 
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    The Jizo Chronicles

  • Maia’s Sept 2014 E-Newsletter

    Maia
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Becoming more deeply engaged with the world around you can accelerate your own path of liberation. Your life is bigger than the boundaries around your skin. photo: Katya Lesher New Beginnings When I was growing up, I loved the start of the school year – new books to read, inspiring teachers to learn from, and reconnecting with friends returning from summertime adventures. I’ve always had a passion for learning and connection. September has always felt to me like the real beginning of the year – I wonder if that feels true for you too?  As this September starts, I’m…
  • The Yes List

    Maia
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    United We Dream vigil, McAllen, TX Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about despair and hope… how do we move from one to the other, how do we not lose hope when so many terrible things are going on — from our own neighborhood to all around the global community. In this age of nearly unlimited internet connectivity, we hear about these tragedies in nearly real time. Earlier today I posted this on Facebook: 135 killed in Gaza, no end in sight… kids from Central America and Mexico locked up in Texas warehouses… journalists sentenced to 10 years in prison in…
  • Radical Dharma Activism in Thailand

    Maia
    22 Jun 2014 | 2:42 pm
    The author, along with the 2013 BEST participants and teachers Ouyporn Khuankaew and Ginger Norwood are two Buddhist feminist activists based in Thailand who co-founded the International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice (IWP) in 2002. Through IWP, Ouyporn and Ginger and a wonderful team of activists offer workshops on anti-oppression feminism, collective leadership, gender and diversity, nonviolent direct action, and peacebuilding — all based in dharma teachings and practice. Last summer, IWP launched a new training program called BEST — the Buddhist Education…
  • “Real Happiness at Work” by Sharon Salzberg — book review and giveaway!

    Maia
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:46 am
    Dear Jizo Chronicle readers, Thought you might like to know that I’m giving away a copy of Sharon Salzberg’s excellent new book, Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace this week over on my Liberated Life Project website. You can find the book review and contest details here — the deadline to enter is next Monday, February 10, so stop by soon! blessings, MaiaFiled under: SEB News
  • Remembering Bhante Suhita Dharma

    Maia
    29 Dec 2013 | 7:34 am
    Bhante Suhita Dharma and his friend, Bhikkhu Bodhi I am smiling as I write this. Because, even though I felt great sadness when I learned the news yesterday of Bhante’s death on December 29, at the same time all kinds of wonderful memories of him are flowing through my heart. And I know I am only one of thousands of people who were privileged to have been in the beam of Bhante’s smile and good life. So this post is dedicated to the spirit of Bhante Suhita Dharma, and offers a little glimpse of him through the places his life intersected with mine. First, the facts, as they say…. Bhante…
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    Wisdom Podcast

  • 007 The Gnostic Apostle Paul

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    I have entitled this episode: The Gnostic Apostle Paul. Both the Catholics and the Protestants claim the Apostle Paul as one of theirs. In this podcast I will demonstrate why the Apostle Paul was a Gnostic Christian. Gnostic Christians claim to be Followers of Paul. Elaine Pagels has written a book entitled The Gnostic Paul. The book demonstrates that the Gnostic Christians were followers of the Apostle Paul and expounded his teaching. It also shows the depth of thought given to Paul's writings. DownloadWisdom007.mp3Social MediaTwitterFacebookGoogle+ Subscribe with RSS Subscribe in…
  • 006 The Gnostic Christian Scriptures

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    I have entitled this episode, the Gnostic Christian Scriptures. I have entitled this episode: The Gnostic Christian Scriptures. In previous podcasts, We have examined why the canon is open and why we cannot accept everything in the current Bible. Now we want to examine the view of Scriptures from a Gnostic perspective. I say "a Gnostic perspective" because I do not presume to speak for anybody but myself. So let's first define and explains some terms, and then list the books I accept as Scripture. DownloadWisdom006.mp3Social MediaTwitterFacebookGoogle+ Subscribe with RSS Subscribe…
  • 005 God Told Me to Kill You

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    I have entitled this episode, God Told Me to Kill You. As we shall see, the God of the Jewish Scriptures is very different from the God of the Christian Scriptures. First, we want to look briefly at the God of the Christian Scriptures. Second, we want to compare this God to the God of the Jewish Scriptures. Finally, we will look at the various options that arose within the early church. This was my most popular and controversial episode of the Gnostic Podcast. DownloadWisdom005.mp3Social MediaTwitterFacebookGoogle+ Subscribe with RSS Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Stitcher
  • 004 Your Bible’s Wrong

    7 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Do you believe that the Bible was given to us by God? If you do, You would be wrong. The Bible is nothing more than a collection of writings that some church leaders decided would be authoritative for all Christians. They selected these books out of the many others that they chose to reject. It's time you learned the truth about your Bible. DownloadWisdom004.mp3Social MediaTwitterFacebookGoogle+ Subscribe with RSS Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Stitcher
  • 002 Rethinking Church History

    6 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Almost everything we were taught about early Christianity is false. First, we need to rethink the monolithic idea of early Christianity. Second, we need to rethink the idea that right always wins. Just because the Gnostics lost doesn’t mean they were wrong. Third, we need to rethink the heresy label. Fourth, we need to rethinking the selective reporting of the early heresy hunters. And fifth, we need to rethink the results of the suppression and persecution of the Gnostic Christians. DownloadWisdom002.mp3Social MediaTwitterFacebookGoogle+ Subscribe with RSS Subscribe in…
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    Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living

  • Clubs

    Dan Garner
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    You are like me.I like you.  I like you enough that I'd like to spend time with you.  This thing we share is fun or important or special.We should rally together and promote this thing we share.If you feel threatened or need help in life's day to day struggles, I'm here for you.Above are the ways tribes, clubs, and social groups begin.  Being a part of a group binds us together, gives us a sense of belonging, and enriches our lives.We are right.They are wrong.Their beliefs threaten ours. They are others, they don't belong.We should change their minds or intimidate them,…
  • Debating Minimalism

    Dan Garner
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    I was invited to participate in a lively discussion/debate on the merits of minimalism this morning. Instead, I sat out and enjoyed two cups of coffee with my pups and watched the sun ease it's way up the sky, while looking forward to my wife coming home this evening.  Hurry home Ann.
  • Fully Alive

    Dan Garner
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand I was twenty years old and driving down a highway in rural Alabama, approaching a humongous junkyard full of rusted vehicles, when I encountered a sign that has had tremendous impact upon my life. On the fence surrounding the junkyard was a sign that read "It's Your Life". Those words pleasantly haunt me every time I start to settle for less, every time I think of conforming, and every time I think of accepting comfortable. When I find that I'm doing what is easy or expected of me I remember that…
  • My Dream ( A Hidden Place )

    Dan Garner
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:21 am
    A late start, a canyon walkClimbing steps to a hidden spotA place I could'nt see from where I stood.Fate smiled as I past the treeI was blind to the sightsbut the Universe played and I could hearthe sound of bees.I heard a voice, turned behind to lookand found myself gazing forward.Not believing what I saw (it seemed unlikely),but I knew the facewalking my way, radiating lightanswering a long forgotten questionin a hidden place.Life is full of surprises.  Never lose hope.Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living
  • Puzzles vs Art

    Dan Garner
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:24 am
    I see many people treat life like a puzzle; trying to fit the pieces together as if there were a given way to do it with the pieces pre-cut and the final outcome pre-determined.  I've often done the same myself trying to make things work.  When we treat life as such we limit it. I've found that much like art, there is no fixed way to do it.  We are given a blank canvas and a plethora of materials to work with.  There are techniques and methods (values, routines, habits) that we can use as guiding principles, but beauty rarely comes from keeping within the lines.  An…
 
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    Zen Beginnings

  • A Real-Life Lesson in Minimalism

    admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    I was first introduced to minimalism a few months ago when I came across a quote by Lao Tzu: “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs […]
  • Practicing Self Discipline

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    When it comes to self discipline, I can now be completely honest and say I didn’t have much of it. Sure, I was disciplined with school, work…even with my art. But discipline is much different than self discipline, as it […]
  • The Art of Compassionate Listening

    admin
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Compassionate listening is a subtle art, and it comes from inner stillness. This requires being fully present to embrace all forms of communication, although it may not always be expressed in words; especially when they are in contradiction of other non-verbal communication. With […]
  • What I’ve Gained, and Lost in Meditation

    admin
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    There was a time when I didn’t feel meditation was beneficial to my Being. I devoted five days a week to my Ashtanga Yoga practice in my tiny New York City apartment, and led to the assumption there wasn’t much […]
  • From Finding the Right Person to Being One

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    I am not a relationship expert. In fact, I am not an expert in anything. But there are times where with the most meaningless experience is a glimpse of truth, and with that comes wisdom. In my co-authored book, “Pursuing Your Destiny” […]
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