Andrew Furst

It’s a Game? – Say What?

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If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Say What?  is an ongoing series of laconic exchanges on Buddhism in the format of a comic strip.  Get Each Month’s “Say What?” Comic In Your Email Box Dialectic Two Step, Modern Koans, Verse Us, Say What?, and Minute Meditations all copyright Andrew Furst

The Oxherd Series – In the World – Modern Koans

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The Oxherd Series is a collection of 10 images and commentary on the quest for enlightenment.  Its source is the Zen tradition. What you’re reading here is a satirical, but not all together purposeless, treatment of these so called stages. Using excerpts from one of my favorite cartoons, Bob’s Burgers, I hope to bring this old story into the present. There are no more barriers to the inner light of life. Clarity from a place of openness exudes from our acts, speech, and thoughts. Our emotions – no longer something to regret or repress…read more

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If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Quotes -The path to right view is an arduous walk through fields of manure. Get Each Month’s Quotes In Your Email Box

One Minute Meditation – Higher Ground

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What does it feel like to weather the storm with a sense of calm? How does it feel to sit gently in the midst of a maelstrom? Does it come naturally to you, or is it something that you need to work hard at?  I’m the second type. I have hypertension, and as I grow older the diagnosis reveals itself in very tangible ways.  There are many days when my meditation is mostly about releasing body tension. When my mind gets caught in a spin, I  feel it later in my shoulders and hands, my…read more

Ballade Of Worldly Wealth – Andrew Lang – Compass Songs

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Money taketh town and wall, Fort and ramp without a blow; Money moves the merchants all, While the tides shall ebb and flow; Money maketh Evil show Like the Good, and Truth like lies: These alone can ne’er bestow Youth, and health, and Paradise. Money maketh festival, Wine she buys, and beds can strow; Round the necks of captains tall, Money wins them chains to throw, Marches soldiers to and fro, Gaineth ladies with sweet eyes: These alone can ne’er bestow Youth, and health, and Paradise. Money wins the priest…read more

What Good Are Guns? – Dialectic Two Step

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Estimated reading time: 8 minute(s) I recently posted the image above on social media and I got a thoughtful response from a friend From a Buddhist perspective, I would think the fact that a gun is for killing a living being makes it hard to argue that its purpose is good. She makes a good point.  From a moral standpoint, guns don’t score well.  Their purpose is to do harm.  Whether to people or to animals.  But then from another perspective assigning a moral value to an inanimate object doesn’t…read more