Philosophy

See Deep Wants by Rick Hanson Ph.D.

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, what’re the deepest wants of all? The Practice:  See deep wants. Why? I did my Ph.D. dissertation by videotaping 20 mother-toddler pairs and analyzing what happened when the mom offered an alternative to...

Are Wars Inevitable?

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"We've always had wars. Humans are a warring species. Without an army to defend us, someone will always try to conquer us." These assumptions have become axioms of our culture. They generate despair but also...

Classical Literature, the Gods, and Metaphysical Desire

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In December I finished teaching a course on classical myth and literature for undergraduates. We read a variety of texts and from a variety of time periods. Among the works we studied were The...

Lighten Up by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

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LIGHTEN UP What’s weighing you down? The Practice: Lighten up. Why? On the path of life, most of us are hauling way too much weight. What’s in your own backpack? If you’re like most of us, you’ve got too many...

Our Victory

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If there is ever a book that saves us it will be a contemplation of Love without pretext or association with idols. It will be about knowing the mystery is boundless and choosing life...

Cultural Baggage in Zen Practice

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  What is my self? It is my body and thoughts, my logic and my creativity. It consists of all the events of my life and my memories of them. It includes every scar, mistake,...

Into the Mystic: Jane Lead

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Contrary to popular opinion, “Protestant mystic” is not an oxymoron. Indeed, during the first century or two following the Reformation a great abundance of Protestant mystics flourished. The Silesian cobbler Jacob Boehme may be...

The Uncluttered Mind, The Unfettered Soul

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“What makes the bed of a Torah scholar? Nothing is found under it except sandals in the summer and shoes in the rainy season…By contrast, the bed of an unlearned person looks like a...

An Easter Poem . . . my take on Judas, from my book “Inside...

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Jesus To Judas, From Kingdom Come Go and do quickly that which you must do. John 13:27 It’s true. Though the others never recorded it in their texts, I loved him best. And knew from the moment we...

Jacob Needleman on Consciousness & Our Future

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In his upcoming book An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth, Jacob Needleman discusses "an entirely new kind of relationship between consciousness and nature, between consciousness and the earth, between consciousness and...