the buddha’s mind despaired of being able to teach it

It turns out I’m really liking Norman Fischer’s book, even though I’m writing all about how much I hate what it stands for. It’s taking something that I recently found to be concise and inspirational and making me feel justified in never visiting the San Francisco Zen Center, even though Shunryu Suzuki changed my life.…

neo-nazis of mongolia and portland

Sky Shamans of Mongolia: Meetings with Remarkable Healers has examples of cultural exchange in both directions between Germany and Mongolia. First, the origin of swastikas, which moved from East to West: The constellation of Ursa Major, the Great Bear, and its inner shape, the Big Dipper (called Doloon Obgon, or the “Seven Old Men”), would…

first things first in starting your mind training program

Semi-recently, I was watching a YouTube video of the reincarnated Kalu Rinpoche. I think it might’ve been the one about tantra without preliminaries. He discouraged worrying too much about the highest secret teachings and taking the basics seriously instead. Lojong refers to the 59 slogans in a text called The Root Text of the Seven…

she figured out the entire story in two minutes

I saw this display at the store recently: The original context of the term “multitasking” was computers. Your computer seems to be doing many things at once right now, but that’s an illusion. It’s doing one thing at a time, stopping halfway through, keeping track of where it was, working on the next task for…

the modest hallucinations of the autistic shaman

I think it’s pretty obvious that psychotic people had some kind of shamanic role in archaic societies. A link between autism and monasticism also seems straightforward to me. It’s been interesting to read that, in many societies with shamanism, each shaman has idiosyncratic beliefs and techniques. While I’ve always been drawn to things like meditation…

so uferlos, die kalte see

The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion;…

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