Find Your Gethsemane!

What was the last thing that Jesus did, as a free man, immediately before his arrest by the Roman authorities acting on behalf of the high priests? What was his very last chosen action, before he gave up his civic freedom into the hands of his torturers and killers? He did not scheme some “last stand”. He did not attempt to work out an escape, to buy more time. He did not hold hands with his tribe and seek comfort in numbers and a sing-song sing-song fake religiosity. He didn’t take those options. In the final minutes of his liberty,

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May 9 in the Year of Corona 1

Actually, to be quite honest, I am actually enjoying the time of this time away from the accumulated busyness. It is just so awful that it is built on such abject suffering, much of it by people already entrapped in systematic racism and classism. But that is the perfect function of what the Buddha termed “this ocean of suffering.” Damn! so lucky to have this daily practice. With a “second wave” on the way in…

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The Great Dharan/i/I/nfinite Loop

Ioannis thinks he has kidney stones or Stage IV pancreatic cancer. The Abbot thinks he has “The Great Dharani”. Who is correct? Who has the True Dharma? Both are most likely mistaken. Let’s see why, in this spontaneous moment in a recent day of the Zen Center Regensburg’s Quarantine Retreat. Here is a totally unplanned video at the MOMENT of inspiration, at the nanosecond of “Eureka!” — the fulfillment of a teaching-dream I have had for years. I knew it was significant, if just personally so, because something had finally “clicked,” and I didn’t want to lose the record of

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Detour

Another priceless truth-nugget from one of my favorite philosophers, E. M. Cioran. It’s so strange that, despite taking lots of philosophy courses at Yale and at Harvard, I never even knew he existed until about two years ago.

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