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My dad’s brain is full of holes. Especially, perhaps, his brain sections that have to do with memory and language. So, mostly left-brain functions. But as Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor expresses in her book and TED Talk, the left brain … Continue reading

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28 Days Later

SNAP! SNAP! It’s the Housemaster, standing, looking out the window, and points to a spot down the hill below the monastery. A fox, its bright orange and red fur stark against the white snow still on the ground, was happily … Continue reading

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A Gossip-Free Week

Why do we gossip? We seem to have this burning desire to have the scoop on people and situations before everyone else, to be “in the know” about the juicy details of someone else’s life. This is why celebrity news … Continue reading

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On Love

from the American Heritage Dictionary: love (lŭv) n. 1. A strong feeling of affection or concern toward another person, as that arising from kinship or close friendship. “God is love; and he who dwells in love dwells in God, and … Continue reading

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10,000 Hours, or why Bodhidharma went to China

If you really want to master something in this life, I’ve heard, you must practice it in earnest for at least 10,000 hours cumulatively. That means, if you were to meditate straight through for 10,000 hours without sleeping, you would … Continue reading

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No Goals, No Tomorrow

I take back what I said last post about New Year’s resolutions (which you can read here). Why? Because of this post from Zenhabits.net called “How to Have the Bet Year of Your Life (Without Setting a Single Goal)”. Of … Continue reading

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And God so loved the world…

I don’t understand how I can’t live a life of simple devotion to helping others without any kind of belief in God.  I just had a long, circular conversation with a self-styled, born-again, accept-Jesus-Christ-as-your-personal-Lord-and-Savior-or-you-don’t-go-to-heaven type Christian man, from which I … Continue reading

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Together Action

About a week and a half ago I moved into the Cambridge Zen Center, a residential Zen buddhist temple just south of Central Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With the exception of a couple of mornings in which I slept through … Continue reading

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