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RCR – Meister Eckhart Sermon 87: “Blessed are the poor in spirit” (Matt. 5:3) – Excerpt

What makes Meister Eckhart so influential today, almost seven centuries after his death and in a world where God has long been pronounced dead? He is for John Caputo the “paradigm or model of the mystic”, for Heidegger a “genuine … Continue reading

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RCR – Word of no-word

Today abstruse philosophy! What is it then? Metaphysics has created two worlds, the perfect world of form (Plato combined later with Aquinas’ Christian reading of Aristotle), and this ‘fallen’ world’ of mere appearance. There is then a seperate world of … 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 – The Noble Path II

In Zen you traditionally are made to wait outside the monastery walls for several days before being allowed inside. And, indeed, you come of your own will, a strong, abiding, certain faith that this home-leaving is what you want to … 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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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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Where to Begin?

It is a little difficult to know quite where to begin. It is not that there is a lack of clarity but rather that whatever I say I will be misunderstood. Not that this is something specific to these words here, … Continue reading

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Thinking of this Moment

Technology has ravaged the world but it is only through technology that we have been able to see. Thus technology itself reveals technology’s devastation and therefore allows the possibility of an understanding that is no longer held within the sway … Continue reading

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Desire as Homecoming (in 20 bullet points!)

In this world there is only love and fear, but only one of them is real. Indra’s ‘Jewelled Net’ describes love’s relation of all-with-all. The motive force of this cosmos of love is desire. Human being receives its inspiration from this … Continue reading

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