Philosophy

I Am a Seeking Mess

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by Ronald Pies MD The French polymath and mystic, Blaise Pascal, famously described the human being as a “thinking reed”. (His observation begins, “Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but...

addendum: on i-it and the god we repress

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god is the between of an i and a thou, and it is precisely this existential dialogue with all that exists, our "essential deed" as buber called it, that which we repress within us...

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...

Lectio Poetica: Remember the Other World

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“You are not a troubled guest on this earth, you are not an accident amidst other accidents, you were invited from another and greater night . . .” – David Whyte In his poem “What...

on nachman’s narrow bridges

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there is not a thing we can know about god, but we can still talk to her. how do we talk to god? by the embrace of all beings. rebbe nachman of bratzlav famously said:...

The Other and Julian’s Promise

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In contemporary discussions of religion and religious discourse the notion of God’s alterity, or “Otherness,” is often foregrounded. This rhetorical gesture, very nearly a commonplace, derives from the philosophical work of Emmanuel Levinas and...

Crossing Water

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I never much liked tunnels. Or driving under overpasses. Dad would make a game of it, bellowing good-naturedly in one long exhale: “Gangway: Tunnel…” Often he would draw out the word until we emerged into...

Pondering Dogen and Proust

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Recently I interviewed the novelist and Zen Buddhist prist, Ruth Ozeki, on the occasion of the publication of her new book, A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING. I made a commitment to myself to...

The Inner, Phenomenology and Social Transformation

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when we meditate, or during some prayers, we will sometimes close our eyes. the assumption is that limiting our mental and physical exposure to the stimulation of objects and other contents in our surroundings,...

On Merton’s Snow and Watt’s Potatoes

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"your heart is my hermitage" - thomas merton one of the most profound beauties in merton's spiritual journey is his progression from a spirituality of "the" heart as a general proposition in the abstract, to...