Andrew Furst

Modern Koans – The Self Doesn’t Exist?

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The Self Doesn’t Exist? Did the Buddha say that the self doesn’t exist?  It is an assertion that I typically hear from Christians trying to show that Buddhism is a Nihilistic philosophy. I don’t think anyone can say that the self doesn’t exist.  My understanding of the Buddhist teachings are that the qualities of “self” exists in the same way that anything else we observe exists.  How we think of ourselves is impermanent. Meaning our qualities shift and change.  Today we can feel special – it might be our birthday  or we’re recognized by…read more

Verse Us – Im|possible- A Minimalist Poem

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If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Verse Us – Poems I write: haiku, senryu, mesostics, free verse, random word constructions, I might even use rhyme or meter once and a while. Get Each Month’s Poems In Your Email Box Im|possible A minimalist poem – Andrew Furst  

Compass Songs – Those Winter Sundays

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This poem reminds me of my youth when cold houses were not a distant relic of a bygone era. Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him. I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking. When the rooms were warm, he’d call, and slowly I would rise and dress, fearing the chronic angers of that house,…read more

Dialectic Two-Step – Are Buddhists Peaceful?

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If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Dialectic Two-Step  is an ongoing series of my thoughts on questions that come my way. Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. – Octavio Get Each Month’s Dialectic Two Step In Your Email Box Are Buddhists Peaceful? Question: Why do Buddhists claim they are peaceful while they kill Rohingya Muslims in Burma?? Response: Buddhists are humans. Humans have an innate capacity for violence.  Anybody who claims that Buddhist are inherently peaceful, is not living in reality.

Sunday Morning Coming Down – Waiting For My Real Life To Begin

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Waiting For My Real Life To Begin When Colin Hay started putting out acoustic songs 20 years after Men At Work, I was amazed. Sunday Morning Coming Down is an ongoing music  video series.  The songs fit my definition of music for a lazy couch bound Sunday morning. Get Each Week’s Sunday Morning Coming Down In Your Email Box If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Waiting For My Real Life To Begin by Colin Hay Any minute now, my ship is coming in I’ll keep checking the horizon I’ll stand on…read more