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Free Play At Bat

[KGVID]http://squareone-learning.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/DAVEBATBAT.mp4[/KGVID] Actions have consequences. Skilful actions have beneficial consequences. Patient, enduring effort in skilfulness of body, speech and mind brings about spiritual progress. Patient, persistent effort in ethics, meditation and study brings about spiritual growth. Patience is a Perfection (paramita) … Continue reading

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Eternal Returns

(Me.) Just hit the ball to me for a change, bro, I mean hit it so I don’t have to move. Thanks, bro. Mark Sr. showed up for the first time in several years, and in his first at-bat struck … Continue reading

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Moral Perception

What can we learn from Buddhist moral psychology? Jay L. Garfield (excerpt from Engaging Buddhism: Why it Matters to Philosophy It is hard to avoid the conclusion that perception itself is morally charged. If I see women as tools, or … Continue reading

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Today, You Called

Bumper sticker: DOGS HAVE MASTERS, CATS HAVE STAFF Alan Watts Kizzy, here she is.

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Teaching Cartoon: Principles

It would be, of course, much better, if this occasion were celebrated with no talk at all, and if I addressed you in the manner of the ancient teachers of Zen, I should hit the microphone with my fan and … Continue reading

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Enlightenment, Now and Later

bonus: From the 1960 season of Alan Watts‘ KQED television series, Eastern Wisdom & Modern Life

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Teaching Cartoon: Something

sources (1) Miles Davis | (2) Ellen Degeneres | (3) William Hamilton | (4) Keiji Nishitani | (5) Chuang Tzu | (6) Alan Watts (taken from You Don’t Have to Be Buddhist to Know Nothing, Joan Konner, ed.) What can … Continue reading

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Relishing the Friend

Rumi: “ The cup wants to be lifted and used, not broken but carried carefully to the next. The cup knows there is a state for you beyond this one that comes with more vast awareness. The cup looks still … Continue reading

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By Nothingness to Nirvana, Beyond Contrivance

I have finally found myself compelled to give up the logic, fairly, squarely, and irrevocably. It has an imperishable use in human life, but that use is not to make us theoretically acquainted with the essential nature of reality. Reality, … Continue reading

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Teaching Story – The Great Warrior

There once lived a great warrior. Though quite old, he still was able to defeat any challenger. His reputation extended far and wide throughout the land and many students gathered to study under him. One day an infamous young warrior arrived … Continue reading

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The Primacy of Experience

The body of research undertaken to date is compatible with the position that the “feeling of authorship” is a conscious sensation that is, in principle, no different from the feeling of seeing the color red or smelling a rose. What … Continue reading

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How Fire Is Made

Alan Alda and The Center for Communicating Science for creating such an educational and creative venue! Thus I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Gaya, at Gayasisa, together with a thousand bhikkhus. There he addressed the … Continue reading

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What Remains

Zazen on the Mountain The birds have vanished down the sky. Now the last cloud drains away . We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains. Li Po (701-762 )  

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The Top Trap

Vajra Yogini Take the story of Milarepa. He was told by Marpa that he could leave his guru and go back to his home. He had finally been accepted by Marpa, who had made him his chief disciple and an … Continue reading

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Living In the Material World

via Mother Nature Network Too Beautiful to Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth Longchenpa: You take what you need, images, offerings, Books, cooking gear, whatever, and stay in solitude. Right now you have it all together but later … Continue reading

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MY ONE FAN

I checked my Technorati profile and discovered there–lo and behold–that someone had self-selected to be a fan. Alan has his own blog and it gets updated with about the same frequency as Explorations does. His blog http://milindasquestions.com has one more … Continue reading

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IN AND OUT OF DA HEAD

excerpt Human beings have a tendency to ‘live in their heads’. This phrase covers several facts. First, men have a tendency to overtheorize. Some things are ruined by too much thinking on them, things which are essentially matters of experience. … Continue reading

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PROCESSING TIME

The students in the monastery were in total awe of the elder monk, not because he was strict, but because nothing ever seemed to upset or ruffle him. So they found him a bit unearthly and even frightening. One day … Continue reading

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MAKE THYSELF A SPY FOR THE SERVICE OF OTHERS

The Mahayana Ideal By constant use the idea of an “I” attaches itself to foreign drops of seed and blood, although the thing exists not. then why should I not conceive my fellow’s body as my own self? That my … Continue reading

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OLD BRANCHES IN NEW CUPS

A monk asked Kegon, “How does an enlightened one return to the ordinary world?” Kegon replied, “A broken mirror never reflects again; fallen flowers never go back to the old branches.” Zen joke from: Lighter Side of Zen Buddhism: Q: … Continue reading

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