Master Ikkyū sits by the well plinking at his lute. Sōgi waits patiently for a tune to emerge but none does. Finally he clears his throat. “Yes, Sōgi?” “Good morning, Master. I have a request.” The Master continues at the … Continue reading Despair and the Road to the Bamboo Gate
Sōgi bows before Ikkyū. “Master Dōken rebuked me this morning,” he says. “What did you do this time?” replies Ikkyū. “Nothing. I merely asked why the bird sings in its gilded cage.” Ikkyū sighs. “What was the Master doing?” Sōgi … Continue reading Quantum Enlightenment and the Watched Pot
Happy Beltane from the Pit… Continue reading Beltane 2019: Labellum (Orchidelirium)
If I die, am I really dead? Continue reading “UPDATED: Quantum Mechanics and a “death” question”
Happy Equinox from the Pit… Continue reading Heavenly blue – Vernal equinox 2019
Happy Solstice from the Pit… Continue reading Winter Solstice 2018
Autumnal Equinox 2018 Continue reading Equinox
“Output is finite,” says Sōgi. “Input is eternal.” Sōgi sits at a small table. Before him are several papers covered in numbers, formulas, scraps of text, and … well, doodles. “What’s all this?” asks Ikkyū. “A meditation on creativity and … Continue reading Ikkyū and Sōgi discuss creativity and the infinite: a koan
One thing I have always wanted to ask one of my SJC friends is this: what do you actually believe about your religion, literally? Continue reading “Progressive, intellectual Christians: what do you believe?”
How can a thing be both path and obstacle at once? Continue reading “Ikkyū and Sōgi on Art and Enlightenment: a koan”
We must be prepared to laugh with the universe at the banality of our own immolation. Full moon. Snowfield, vast beneath the mountain: to understand the truth of people, study their contradictions. This morning I posted this little koan (minus … Continue reading There is no future: the ironic peace of learned hopelessness (#zenofdoc)
Happy Solstice from the staff of Scholars & Rogues… Continue reading Here comes the sun: Summer Solstice 2018
Happy Equinox from the staff at S&R… Continue reading Let’s dance: Spring Equinox 2018
Happy Imbolc from S&R… Continue reading Midwinter
Happy Solstice from Scholars & Rogues. Stop along here, child. Stone spine of America. These hills are our bones. Continue reading Winter Solstice, 2017
The Yellowhammer State is home to hundreds of thousands of the worst “Christians” on the face of the earth.
Let’s look at some numbers from yesterday’s Alabama senatorial election.
- Republican Roy Moore received 650,436 votes. Democrat Doug Jones received 671,151.
- In last year’s presidential election, Donald Trump received 1,318,255 votes to Hillary Clinton’s 729,547.
- We expect higher turnouts in presidential years, and yesterday was no exception, with the total number of voters down about 35.2%.
- However, the declines weren’t remotely proportional by party. The Dem turnout decreased by only 8%, while the GOP turnout dropped by a whopping 50.66%. In absolute terms, this adds up to a +/- of 609,423 votes in the Democrats’ favor. Check my math, but I think that’s close.
- However, of the Republicans who did show up, 91% voted for Moore.
Dana Hall McCain is right about what evangelicals have become. But words aren’t actions, and “Christians” have much to atone for. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? … Continue reading The Sunday Sermon: these people are not Christians
Happy Samhain from the staff of S&R… Continue reading Bridge to Otherworld: Samhain 2017
Comanche Drive-In, Buena Vista, Colorado Continue reading At summer’s end: Happy Equinox from S&R
America is a great idea, but it’s hard to love these days.
At some point tonight millions and millions of us will find ourselves sitting in a stadium or a park or maybe on a city rooftop or a grassy hill in the country, staring at the sky, celebrating our country’s anniversary by watching the annual fireworks show. I won’t lie – I love fireworks. They’re spectacular to watch, but beyond that I’m fascinated by how they work. How do you get one to look like a flower? How do you get multiple colors in one burst? I assume I could learn these things if I spent the time, but regardless, it’s a pretty cool exercise in artistry.
But I don’t love everything about fireworks shows. If you’re at an official civic event you’ll certainly get to hear Lee Greenwood belting out his famous “God Bless the USA.” This is a massively famous and popular song, having reached #7 on the Billboard Country charts. It’s sold over a million copies and there’s no telling how much it has earned Greenwood in royalties.
It’s also perhaps the greatest lie ever set to music. Bear with me.
America is a wonderful idea. Continue reading “Happy 4th of July: what does “freedom” mean to you?”