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Don’t Build a Self, Negate the Self

Don’t Build a Self, Negate the Self

“Look beneath the façade of seamless well-adjustment, and what you often find are toxic levels of fear, anxiety, and depression, of emptiness and aimlessness and isolation.” Tweet

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Playing At War

President Obama’s short speech to the nation and world about the ISIS/ISIL threat was so chocked full of falsehoods that it almost seems futile to attempt to clarify the issue. The most ludicrously false utterance was this: “American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world.” Tweet


The Anarchy of Nations

The more President Obama and other heads of nations talk about preserving the international order, the more you know it is history. The question is: Can existing paradigms and institutions halt the spiral of disorder in the world, or is a completely new response required at all levels? Tweet


Open Your Senses, Free Your Mind

In the first century, the Greek astronomer Ptolemy, working in the great library in Alexandria, produced his earth-centered system of the universe. The Ptolemaic world-view held sway until the 16th century, when Copernicus proved that the Earth revolved around the sun. Tweet

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All It Takes For Good to Triumph

It was just a few seconds on BBC news, in what already seems like another time in the spiraling chaos the world has become. But the image seared my heart and burned into my brain. A young Yazidi mother, holding her baby, is staring into space with a look of unfathomable suffering, torment and sadness.

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Of Two Minds, Without Duality

One of my sitting places is under a great sycamore on the banks of a small stream in the middle of expansive fields, with a view of the canyon and hills beyond town. A little after sunset, I stand in an intense meditative state to behold a violet color rimming the line of the Coastal

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Life and Death Is Good

Sometimes what people call meditation is as far from my understanding of it as a jihadist’s idea of heaven. It sounds more like the continuity of hell to me. Central to meditation is communion with death as an ever-present actuality. For some Buddhists however, death is a detestable riddle. Tweet

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