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    We’re All Greeks

    There’s an old saying in the West that resonates painfully during this period of Greek and transatlantic challenge and testing: “We’re All Greeks.” It...

    The Art of Questioning Together

    Perhaps the most difficult thing for people to do, no matter what their cultural background, is to question together. It’s strange that such a...

    Inquiry: The Glacier Within

    Questioner one: Is the darkness and deadness in human consciousness, which can fairly be said to be human consciousness now, increasing, or being dispelled?...

    The Healing Power of Meditation

    Meditation cannot begin until the brain lets go of its attachment to the observer. No trick or technique can cause it to do so....

    Via Negativa–The Essence of Meditation

    It was the last sitting of the season along the smaller of the two creeks, before the rains return to California in the late...

    Syria, For the Love of Humanity

    The increasing fecklessness of the so-called international community is on hideous display with another massacre by the Assad regime in Syria. Inter-national institutions are...

    The Problem of Evil, Once Again With Feeling

    On the same day that six American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, the national media showed a woman being executed by Taliban-supporting villagers while...

    Religious Without a Religion

    It’s a hot Sunday morning. After a fine walk along the paths in the park, and a pleasant talk with two women on horseback,...

    A Sufficient Response to the Human Crisis?

    The gulf between the spiritual and political dimensions in human life has never been wider, while at the same time harmony between the two...

    Standing on a Stump in the Universe

    Yesterday was windy, and the strong breezes burnished the foothills, making the sentinel rock in the canyon stand out sharply against a cobalt blue...

    Mind Without Thought

    The green waters of the reservoir are like glass. On the surrounding ridges, motionless pines tower over the man-made lake, and reflect off the...

    Experiencing Timeless Being

    Overhanging the gorge are great angular outcroppings of volcanic rock—solid and sharp-edged protrusions from some long-ago eruption of Lassen or some other volcano in...

    The Human Brain and Cosmic Mind

    A group of young fellows are swimming in the creek at my usual sitting spot, so I walk a couple hundred meters upstream and...

    The Meaning of Sanctuary

    After a bad start on a hot summer’s day in the hottest part of California (the not so Great Central Valley) other than...

    The Problem With Buddhism

    It’s strange how one can sometimes have more in common with people that hold opposite views than one does with people who hold very...

    Keep Close to Nature’s Heart

    The attitudes we hold about our relationship to the universe, as well as to our own species, are the most important elements of our...

    The Question

    Though to some readers (and even myself) I have written ad nauseum about psychological revolution, I’m compelled, by God knows what motivation or muse,...

    A New Foundation for Humanity

    There is a great paradox to human evolution. It took billions of years to evolve a brain with the capacity for awareness of the...

    The Observer Is a Trick of the Mind

    A well-known principle at the quantum level in physics is that an object being observed is affected by the very act of observing it....

    The Intelligence of the Universe

    The creek is as high and voluminous as I’ve ever seen it, a frothing brown torrent racing from the mountains to the ocean. I...

    The Blackest of the Black Sheep

    It’s a paradox, but the more things break down, the more people cling to old forms, and the greater the pressure to conform to...

    Regarding Religionists and Atheists

    At the core of the Christian faith is the idea of  “God becoming man in Jesus.” When I became old enough to question my...

    What Does It Mean To Be Religious (Spiritual)?

    “It was in Africa that the first tool was invented, the first fire lit by a human hand, the first crop planted, the first...

    Perception by Horses and Small Children

    I sit at a walk-in picnic site overlooking the swollen stream. A steady flow of people goes by on the pedestrian park road—runners, bikers,...

    The Next Stage in Human Evolution, Part Two

    Paleo-anthropologists are generally of the view, in the words of Ian Tattersall, that ³there has never been a more fateful arrival on the biological scene...

    Men, Go First

    “Men go first, and if it works, women follow.” A Russian woman told me that proverb in Moscow many years ago. It’s interesting to...

    Canine Consciousness Redux

    If you want to understand how parlous the political culture has become in America, just look at the stories that dogged us last week...

    There’s No Such Thing As a Healthy Self

    In an ironic twist of reasoning, a reader writes, “the absence of a healthy sense of self or ego can lead to psychological illness,...

    The Next Stage In Human Evolution?

    Some sentences are so pregnant with implications that they seem overdue for giving birth to revolutionary insight. Here’s an example: “Burial in the simple...

    The Unconscious and the Silent Brain

    The dissected brain cannot have insight. That is as true metaphorically as it is literally. Insight, whether as a flash of direct perception in a...

    What Is a Good Citizen?

    For Socrates, being a good citizen was part of being a good human being. So what does it mean to be a good citizen?...

    Soaring Beyond Desolation

    When I arrived at the gorge that cuts through the canyon just outside town, the sky was shatteringly clear, the slopes spectacularly green, and...

    Human Sacrifice Is Not a Thing of the Past

    I keep thinking of that little girl in France, Miriam Monsonego, who was cold-bloodedly murdered by an al-Qaeda madman. Her mother said, “This is...

    Nosce Te Ipsum

    For philosophers, the worst thing you can say about a person’s views is that they’re ‘wrongheaded.’ Well, here’s the most wrongheaded thing I’ve read...

    A Meditation on Time and Death

    Recently I heard a scientist say, “Time is the most stubborn psychological filter we have.” That’s true. There are two main filtering mechanisms that have...

    Buddhism Doesn’t Transplant Well

    She walked up as I was finishing my sitting at streamside. Announcing she was a Buddhist lama, ordained by a well-known rinpoche under the...

    Religious Experiencing Isn’t Personal

    It was the strangest and most beautiful sky I’d ever seen. After witnessing three dramatic changes in weather within an hour, I stood transfixed...

    Man Is Still a Barbarian

    The recent windstorms have burnished the air, and the canyon, hillsides, and rocks stand out in sharp relief, accented by clumps of white clouds...

    Peace and Love–Once Again, With Thinking

    Walking along the paths of the sylvan city park after a sitting at creek side, I came upon a young foursome enjoying the gorgeous...

    The Ultimate Contradiction: Man

    The 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s orbital flight was just commemorated. Shortly afterward, in 1962, John F. Kennedy said America would “commit itself to...
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