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Fukuoka’s Koan: The Paradox of Reason

It is very difficult today not to accept the growing evidence in areas such as ecology or even quantum physics that all is relationality. The world is an enormous complex system; how, really, can we hope to ever understand one … Continue reading

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Simplicity Today

I do not deny the power of the words in my last post *simplicity*, they are not different to those of Meister Eckhart in his sermon ‘Blessed are the Poor’. But I do deny the power of these words to … Continue reading

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Simplicity

It is to simplicity we are called. It is not that this call does not include poverty, but poverty is merely a material circumstance of a far deeper poverty. It is not that this call does not include the letting … Continue reading

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RCR – There is no confusion

The years winnow bold youth, unweaving arrogance, leaving behind this threadbare creature. The human distance weakens the bonds of culture and now the rituals, habits and customs, where once truth was found, are so much wreckage. It is this poor … Continue reading

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RCR – Beyond God and self

In many ways going beyond Religion and Philosophy feels somehow right in this postmodern world: the first has been seriously undermined by the scientific outlook, the second has never interested the vast majority and is seen as the preserve of … 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 – 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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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 Silent Life

The opening line of the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching) says ‘The Way that can be spoken is not the Way’. In zen, Vimilikirti’s silence is taken to be the marrow and Buddhism itself resounds to the silence of … 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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