Andrew Furst

Talking Back To Chuck – A Two Dimensional Poem

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Talking Back To Chuck – A Two Dimensional Poem In this installment I deconstruct Charles Bukowski’s Poem A Smile To Remember Bukowski’s poems are rough, this one is no exception.  The accompanying avante garde music accentuates the feeling.  So, if you’re looking for pretty, this is not it.  But as was Bukowski, it is somehow compelling. I recommend viewing this in full screen mode.  After you click play, hover over the  bottom left corner of the video and click this icon  Kemialliset Ystavat live at WFMU 2008 (Part 2) by Kemialliset Ystavat is licensed…read more

Relics – Theism vs Atheism

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The Relics series are throwback articles from previous years. They seem timeless enough to be relevant today. Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love. – Victor Hugo  Theism vs Atheism Half the people in the world think that the metaphors of their religious traditions, for example, are facts. And the other half contends that they are not facts at all. As a result we have people who consider themselves believers because they accept metaphors as facts, and we have others who classify…read more

Meditation Techniques – Singing Bowl Therapy

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Cambridge’s Tibet’s Jinten‘s owner, Tsering Topgyal, taught me this wonderful sequence of singing bowl therapies that allow you to deeply feel your body. There are two parts. For this sequence, I use my 8 inch Tibetan singing bowl with a soft mallet and a wooden mallet. There are many who offer much more elaborate practices and more specific instructions on which bowl to use, but I find that keeping it simple and using what you have is better than nothing.  My preference is to lower frequency bowls.  A tingsha might be too…read more

Compassion Has Its Enemies

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Pity, Moral Outrage, and Fear… A wonderful talk by Joan Halifax at TEDWomen. I want to address the issue of compassion. Compassion has many faces. Some of them are fierce; some of them are wrathful; some of them are tender; some of them are wise. A line that the Dalai Lama once said, he said, “Love and compassion are necessities. They are not luxuries. Without them,humanity cannot survive. Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what…read more

After/Passage – A Two Dimensional Poem

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After/Passage – A Two Dimensional Poem This is my second go a something I call a two dimensional poem.  The first poem After, is deconstructed into the second, Passage.  I played with the format and delivery a little. You’ll have to let me know what you think. Oh, I recommend viewing this in full screen mode.  After you click play, hover over the  bottom left corner of the video and click this icon  “Divider” by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Attribution License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license…read more

Relics – I’ll Show You A Miracle

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The Relics series are throwback articles from previous years. They seem timeless enough to be relevant today. Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love. – Victor Hugo  What Do You Do With A Miracle? The miracle is not walking on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh As the story is told, at birth the Buddha rose to his feet, took seven steps and uttered…read more

An Update on Thich Nhat Hanh

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From Plum Village – An Update on Thich Nhat Hanh To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, As we enter the Lunar New Year, and our practice centers conclude our annual 90-day Winter Retreat, we are very happy to report that our dear Teacher continues to steadily make extraordinary progress. Thay has now moved to a specialist stroke rehabilitation clinic, where he is receiving the best possible professional care. The team of monastic attendants work closely with doctors, nurses…read more

Bridges – A Two Dimensional Poem

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Bridges – A Two Dimensional Poem What’s a two dimensional poem?  I’m  not sure either. I dreamed this up last night.  Can’t say whether it’s my creation or something someone smarter and  more creative than me already offered the world.  In any case Bridges is my version of a 2D poem. The first dimension is the poem in its traditional form.  A linear form from left to right and top to bottom.  The second is a non-linear word by word selection in time  and space that creates a separate poem from within…read more

Relics – We Are and We Are Not Perfect

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We Are and We Are Not Perfect (Note:  I did do  a major overhaul on this piece, so if you read it last year, give it a once over) This is the second in a series of concept diagrams I’ve fiddled with to work through some traditionally complex Buddhist ideas. The diagram plays with the notion of the Great Perfection or Two in One as my teacher explained it to me. It’s a paradox of sorts. At the base of it is the existential riddle of Who am I?  I chose a visualization to avoid…read more

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