Andrew Furst

The Miracle of Dead Ends (Nuthin)- Verse Us (Poems by Me)

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You put out that poison You gonna catch yo’self a rat. Stiff and reeking; You gonna carry dat corpse out back. But Jesus ain’t no rat. ‘cause you can’t find him. Can’t find no meaning in that now, Can ya? So y’all best not be spoutin’ on ‘bout Jesus. And Jesus don’t set no traps. He just walks ‘em in the door; no turnin’ back. Don’t tell me – with all dem churches full – there ain’t no Jesus. Ain’t no meaning in that, is there? What was you expectin’?…read more

Are Atheists and Agnostics Illogical Regarding the Spiritual Realm? – Dialectic Two Step

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Question: Are atheists and agnostics illogical regarding the spiritual realm? Response: It depends. I presume that you’re talking about the truth or falsity of arguments about the existence of the spiritual realm. First a few points about logic. Logic applies to arguments An argument is logical or illogical based on its form. Not based on the truth of its assumptions. For example, you can have an argument that has all true assumptions, but still be illogical – e.g. a horse has four legs, some horses are brown, therefore there are…read more

Hope is the thing with feathers – Emily Dickinson – Compass Songs

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“Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all – And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard – And sore must be the storm – That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm – I’ve heard it in the chillest land – And on the strangest Sea – Yet – never – in Extremity, It asked a crumb – of me. If you enjoyed this post,  please…read more

Modern Koans – Why Right Concentration?

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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

Enders Falls – A One Minute Meditation

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Enders Falls The name Ender is Turkish in origin It means “scarce” As I wander these New England waterfalls I remember from my youth,the scarcity of beauty and the decline of nature I am grateful for the partnership that has evolved between humanity and nature Enders Falls in Granby, CT 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…read more