Wild Nature and the Dusty World

Wild Nature and the Dusty World Gary Snyder on Dogen’s Mountains and Waters ‘Sutra’ http://terebess.hu/zen/mesterek/The-Practice-of-the-Wild-by-Gary-Snyder.pdf As T. S. Eliot proposed, the end is where we start from. In “Blue Mountains Constantly Walking,” a chapter in his book Practice of the Wild, Gary Snyder borrows from Dogen Kigen’s “Mountains and Waters Sutra” a dharma talk from […]

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From Many Gods to One God

Culture is ever-changing, and anthropology now recognizes that religion is not just a cultural system, but rather “the interpenetration of cultural systems…and all religions….are best understood as products of…multiple contacts with outside cultures” (Glazier 2009:37). Such contacts result in syncretism, a reconciliation of different belief systems and practices in a blended analogy. In this essay, […]

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Toward a global spirituality for peace: identity, pluralism, and Buddhism

Introduction To explore the potential evolution of a global religious movement for peace, I review four scholarly perspectives on religion’s present and prospective role in global civil society. These perspectives vary by focus of involvement, ranging from involvement strictly at the organizational level, to involvement at both organizational and individual member levels, and finally to […]

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Peace Warrior

The man stood up and started chanting the morning call to prayer. “Shut up!” shouted the Israeli commando, aiming a handgun at the Muslim’s head from three meters away. Kevin Neish, sitting nearby, knew if he didn’t divert the soldier’s attention, the Muslim would be shot dead. The Israelis had already shot and killed nine […]

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Rituals for Fun and Fitness

The city of Victoria is, of course, named for the former queen (1837 – 1901) of the United Kingdom, and Canada. It’s certainly no surprise, then, that the city has a Victorian flavour you can taste by taking a stroll around the harbour or afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel. But Victoria is also home […]

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Cain’s Creation

        Adam and Eve conceived Cain (he who is created), And later his brother Abel. And Abel became a shepherd, and Cain a farmer.   When he became a man Cain offered The first fruits of his harvest to God, And Abel brought the fattest young from his flock. And God accepted Abel’s […]

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Drifting

We are all just visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to grow, to love – and then we go home.           –  Aboriginal Proverb Bruce Chatwin’s The Songlines is a collection of philosophical and anthropological meanderings quilted together by encounters with […]

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Making History

 History is written by the winners. – George Orwell, Tribune, 1944 The worst thing that colonialism did was to cloud our view of our past. – Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance 1995     As a high school student in Israel in the early 70’s, I had relegated chemistry, physics, […]

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No Country for an Old Man

I came to creative writing in middle-age. 57 when I started, 60 when I graduate. I’ve never been a creative writer, though I have written for work: instruction manuals, educational materials, and advisory publications for accountants. More than four decades have passed since I’d been a high school student in Israel (quit in grade 12). […]

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The Rhyme of Life

The Rhyme of Life This January morning the world greets me with misty fog, and moist crispness refreshes the whole of nature in its beauty. Outside, a deer fawn strides cautiously on the lawn ten meters from my gaze. I can see no mother deer. No father deer. No brothers or sisters. She is grazing, […]

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