Tag Archives: Heidegger

RCR – 1000 Foot Cliff

Sometimes reality, the sheer presence of things, overwhelms the senses. It is only too easy to understand how we have become preoccupied with the power of being. However today’s technology not only shows our thrill, but also our thrall to … Continue reading

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RCR – Acting

It’s hot, even before 9, as the wind dies and the sun has yet to rise into the leaves. An eagle circles, calling forlornly and then beats its great wings and brushes the ridge as it passes to the other … Continue reading

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RCR – Putting it down

Joshu (Chao-chou, Zhao-zhou) What is often pointed out in any critique of Heidegger is his passivity – waiting for a change in the dispensations of being, for such changes are nothing human (after Being and Time and especially in the … Continue reading

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RCR – Beyond Religion and Philosophy

There are probably many reading this blog who wonder why I take time to speak about philosophers, when ostensibly this blog is about zen and the practical life lived in a forest on the hills in northern Spain? My answer … Continue reading

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RCR – Nietzsche’s Koan: Eternal Recurrence

Heidegger wrote; “Nietzsche’s word, ‘God is dead’” Which just about perfectly sums it all up! To write anything is to write of an experience that exceeds all possibility of expression. Such expression is simply absence; language is only ever the … Continue reading

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RCR – What has been given to us?

We must carry an iron yoke with no hole, It is a slight matter, the curse is passed on to our descendants; If you want to support the gate and sustain the house, You must climb a mountain of swords … Continue reading

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The Story of Philosophy

Philosophy means a great many things to a great many people; everyone nowadays is expected to have their own philosophy for everything. But the way I want to use philosophy here has a clear and precise meaning; it is the … Continue reading

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Zen First

There is a way now opening up which, against all the positivistic philosophy and science that have grown up in the last centuries, can only be called mystical. As Christianity shrivels in Europe and outward forms of practice become moribund, … Continue reading

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The Rational Animal?

What have we been given? What speaks this unspoken moment in silence? There is – within each of us whether we have experienced it or not, whether we even acknowledge it or not – something understood: Despair in a world … Continue reading

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Saying Only This

This is the time of another saying. It is not the time of a new saying, for it is clear that in the infinitude of the moment all words have been spoken and language is always already redundant. What is … Continue reading

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