Andrew Furst

Mindfulness In A Nutshell – Dialectic Two Step

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People often ask what the fast track is in Buddhism. How do I cut to the chase and avoid suffering? One take is keep it simple. In that spirit, here’s mindfulness in a nutshell. Go do this… Of course the catch is this. If someone were to tell us, stop acting in such a way that causes suffering, AND we were able to spontaneously change to do this, we’d be done. But, that’s not how it works. We’re wired to do otherwise. We have to wake up every day, remember this important…read more

Jewels – Verse Us (Poems by Me)

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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 Dialectic Two Step, Modern Koans, Verse Us, Say What?, and Minute Meditations all copyright Andrew Furst

Self Made What?- 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

Modern Koans – Why Right View?

Posted by in Eightfold Path Series, Modern Koans, Writings

The Eightfold Path Series This is the one of several posts I will be offering titled the Eightfold Path Series. As I’ve reflected on my experience, I’ve come to see the Path as both the practice and the fruition. As we inch closer to realization of our true nature, we discover that the wisdom, ethics, and mindfulness prescribed by the Buddha are the most natural expression of our being. John Daido Loori Roshi’s book Invoking Reality was transformational for me. In it Roshi turns the path on it’s head in a way that uncovers it’s challenge…read more

Spot Pond Brook Falls – A Two Minute Meditation

Posted by in Meditation Videos, Meditations, Waterfalls

. Treasures lie underfoot, overlooked on morning strolls and humid afternoons. Mosquitoes, great horned owls, and aspirations form mirages straying me off the path. Things missed and things found planting today’s laugh to harvest tomorrow. Spot Pond Brook Falls If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Minute Meditations is an ongoing series of short videos, poems, and commentary intended as a meditation.  Offered as an opportunity to step back from your cyber routine and settle into a more natural rhythm, if only for a minute. Get Each Month’s Minute Meditations In…read more

Snow by Maureen Seaton – Compass Songs

Posted by in Compass Songs (Poetry), Favorites

. White people leave the express at 96th Street, collectively, like pigeons from a live wire or hope from the hearts of Harlem. And I’m one of them, although my lover sleeps two stops north between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevards, wishing my ass were cupped inside her knees and belly, wishing this in a dream thick with inequalities. I live on Riverside Drive. My face helped get me here. I was ruddy with anticipation the day I interviewed for the rooms near the park with its snow-covered…read more