Andrew Furst

Which God is the Right One? – Modern Koans

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Question: Since there are so many religions, which god is most likely to be the right god? Response: The one that behaves and exists in the same way that the God we observe does. So far no religion has come close to describing that God. Maybe you should look to a religion that doesn’t describe God? 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….read more

At What Point are We No Longer Human? – Modern Koans

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Question: What is the point at which we are no longer human? • Is it when enough of our physical body is removed? • Or when the brain no longer functions, but to what level? • Or if our brains can be kept alive and we can still think and communicate? • Or even when our consciousness can be moved to a computer? • Even if our brain was transplanted into another animal? Response: At no point in any layer of your nicely constructed thought experiment, is there an inherent…read more

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 Superiority True by definition Abstract truth Allows prediction A > B A = Good B = Evil Moral Superiority 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

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

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

Modern Koans – Why Right Mindfulness?

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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

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