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A journey through knowledge

 This week I put on my Buddhist hat (not literally, though I was wearing a Buddhist pin) and joined a procession of monks and lay people on a half-hour peace walk from the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley to Mangalam Centers, … Continue reading

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warm jackets and subject-object duality

Here’s a simple metaphor for the way we tend to get confused about how we make sense of the world. It’s a cold day, so I put on a warm jacket. What makes that jacket warm? Is it inherently warm? … Continue reading

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Gaming the Mind — On Memory and Mindsets

A few days ago I tried to remember the name of an old friend. Nothing came. Most of us have  had this kind of experience. In psychology, it’s call a tip-of-the-tongue experience. This time, though, I noticed another layer. I … Continue reading

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Trail of Tears: Pilgrimage without a goal

I’m back from a three-day trip to New York, where I presented Guna Foundation’s excellent new film, The Great Transmission, at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art. Unusually for me, I took a day off. I had no special plan … Continue reading

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Who says reason is everything?

There’s an essay in today’s New York Times by a philosopher named Robert Burton on how we all seek meaning in life, and how this relates to our reliance on reason. Early in the essay, he writes, “a visceral sense … Continue reading

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“I would rather not”

There’s an article in this Sunday’s NY Times called “The Useless Machine.” http://tinyurl.com/gpdvqbh. It’s about a battery-operated machine that ‘s just a box with a lever. Flip the lever, and the machine whirs, the lid opens, and a small hand … Continue reading

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Past-Present-Future Structure

Do we experience time? And if so, how? It seems to me that the ppf structure that we think of as constituting time is really something rather different–not time at all. Putting that ‘something different’ into words is rather difficult. … Continue reading

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Inquiry, Speculation, Imagination (Practice Day)

The inquiry asks, “What’s going on in this situation?” I try to apply this especially in the tangle of emotionality and personality described both on p. 66 and in DTS Ex. 3: heavy, fuzzy, hopeless, dull—in the face of a … Continue reading

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What Is/Am I?

There’s a nice little video on the web at http://www.microphilosophy.net/?p=210 that shows a number of well-known philosophers–Dan Dennett, Sue Blackmore, and others–giving a one-sentence answer to the question, “What are you?” Each of them, good natured, answers, “I am . … Continue reading

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Creative Aliveness in Daily Life

Many years ago, I did a little bit of local community theater acting, and even did a class or two. It was around the time that I had started studying meditation, and it often struck me that the acting exercises … Continue reading

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