Andrew Furst

Nobody Has All the Answers – Dialectic Two Step

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

A Few Thoughts On Race – Modern Koans

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A few thoughts on Race. I saw the hashtag #WhitePeople on Twitter last night. Race is such a hot button issue that people have no frame of reference to speak intelligently about it. It was mind boggling and forced this out of me. Discuss: A > B A = 4 B = 3 Mathematical Inequality True by definition Abstract truth Allows prediction A > B A = Good B = Evil Moral Supremacy True in context of a relationship Relative truth Enables covenant A > B A = left handed…read more

What’s Up With The Supernatural? – Modern Koans

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Question: Why Do People Not Believe in the Supernatural? Response: People do believe in the supernatural. A vast majority of people are theists. Christians, Muslims, and Hindus make up a large portion of the world’s population. All of these people have adopted belief in the supernatural. But I think I know who you’re talking about here. There is a small and growing group of people who don’t believe. Let’s look at the semantics of your questions. You ask about the supernatural and you talk about it in the context of…read more

Remembering Past Lives? – Dialectic Two Step

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Question: How is the remembrance of past lives compatible with anatta? Rebirth makes sense in the context of dependent arising and conditionality. We humans exist dependent on conditions. Everything had to come together to shape us. But Buddha remembered past lives instead of the conditions that made us born human (water, sun, soil, food, …). Does this make sense? Response: My opinion is that remembering past lives doesn’t make sense. Memory is a function of the brain. The brain stores data and synthesizes consciousness in remarkably complex and rich ways….read more

If You Were God – Modern Koans

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Question: If you were God, what would you have done differently than the real one? Response: What if the answer was that we are all one in God and that we have participated, intentionally or not, in exactly what people perceive as God’s work? If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Modern Koans is an ongoing series that recognizes that good questions are often more important than their answers. The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. ―…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

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