Synergy One

We’re at a unique place where we’ve outlived the significance of many of the religious images. These days a lot of my contemporaries view them as mythology/Jungian archetypes. Are they any more relevant?   I just read an interesting article by neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga. He cites  studies  done over many years with...

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Neo Surangama Five

Ananda continued, “How can the sense organs cause me to transmigrate in samsara and be happy in absolute nirvana?” “Bondage and liberation are not two different things.” Ananda was still unsatisfied. The Buddha looked at him, probably smiled for half a second, then called to the audience. “I want...

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Neo Surangama Four

The Buddha told Ananda, “Bodhi and Nirvana are still very far away and cannot be attained without eons of practice and experience.” Though Ananda was known for his wide knowledge of the Dharma, he was, “unable to avoid the pit into which Mantagi fell.” The difference between knowledge and...

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Neo Surangama Three

The Surangama is a tangled pull through many forks and branches. There’s a clean line through, but it’s broken into a hundred pieces. The Buddha asked Ananda, “Why did you decide to give up love and affection and follow me?” Ananda mentioned his “shining, crystal-like form, and the wondrous...

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Neo Surangama Two

The Surangama, with its religious overtones, has a molten core that forces one to continue, regardless. There are enormous lists of sense data and a laborious process of refuting their existence, 100 pages of it. Love is also dismantled, but subliminally. It has to be read with the understanding...

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Neo Surangama One

The whole weight of the Surangama, written thousands of years ago, was to pry Ananda from Mantagi’s sensual bed. Of course I labored over it. It’s thoroughly steeped in old science and hell and brimstone, a direct blow to the senses, all combined into some kind of hyper-mad state...

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Samadhi Dharma Talk For Hwagyesa

  From a lifelong pursuit that, for most of the time, remained on the surface, I found a deep practice. Although I have a great deal of respect for the structure, the practice form of the Kwan Um School Of Zen, I had to find my own way to...

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Some Other Burning

The work of Some Other Burning has been censored. Contact me directly if you want to know more about this. It was my struggle to understand the things going on around me — however, the world is not always what it seems.

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The Eternal

  The act of meditation, largely obscured in mysticism, is easy to describe. The trend toward a momentary awareness, being in the moment; in a simple, blue-collar mindset the act itself becomes a self-perpetuating enlightenment. If so, are we content to remain within the patterns we create? “Yes, I...

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Out Of Darkness..

A Dharma Talk, from Seoul International Zen Center, where I compare the tough discipline of haengja (novice Zen monk) training with the elemental forces that proved liberating, with teachings from Huang Po and Zen Master Seung Sahn. notes from the talk .. “all dharmas such as those purporting to...

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