Andrew Furst

Fixing Religion? – Dialectic Two Step

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Estimated reading time: 5 minute(s) Question:   Shouldn’t religious people give up their religion if the tenets are archaic. Shouldn’t they look elsewhere to satisfy their spiritual need? Response:  I think religions would do well to give up archaic, arcane and false dogma.  But, perhaps fixing religion is a futile goal.  To me, your question carries with it its own answer.  What are the spiritual needs of religious people? They vary. I would suggest that many, probably most, find satisfaction in the current selection of religions. People like us are…read more

Wings – A One Minute Meditation

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Wings and air a deal struck or wager won long before the birds or the word. Eons, though, after light perhaps to carry it 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. Dialectic Two Step, Modern Koans, Verse Us, Say What?, and Minute Meditations all copyright Andrew Furst Subscribe to My NewsletterJoin…read more

Shostakovich – Sunday Morning Coming Down

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Shostakovich is my favorite composer.  I just seem to hear what he was trying to get across. Here, David Oistrakh performs Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Opus 77. The music starts at 2:15 If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Sunday Morning Coming Down is an ongoing music  video series.  The songs fit my definition of music for a lazy couch bound Sunday morning.Subscribe to My NewsletterJoin me for a little peace through reflection, art, video, sound, and poetry Leave this field empty if you’re human:

Are Possessions Bad? – 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.  Dialectic Two Step, Modern Koans, Verse Us, Say What?, and Minute Meditations all copyright Andrew Furst Subscribe to My NewsletterJoin me for a little peace through reflection, art, video, sound, and poetry Leave this field empty if you’re human:

Deer In The Headlights on Race – Dialectic Two Step

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Estimated reading time: 7 minute(s) Liberal Friends, as part of the National Democratic Party’s dialog on race, both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are being called out on their votes for the 1990’s crime bills. The bills are viewed as having unfairly targeted the black community. A little history on crime rates in the 1990’s. In what is called the great crime decline, there was a 40 percent drop in all major crime categories from homicides to auto thefts across the country. It produced the longest and deepest crime decline in…read more

The Oxherd Series – Traces of the Ox – 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. The Oxherd Series – Number Two – Traces of the Ox In the second Oxherd image, there is a clue discovered.  We intuit that our urge to take on a spiritual search is worth the effort. This is…read more

Look West – A Two Minute Meditation

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Gazing west my heart set to the Pure Land Amitabha’s grace is a troubling conundrum Kalpas of skepticism ruminate To my eyes no Western Pure Land appears To my ears, the jay’s urgency remains unchanged The only jewels in the pines and oaks are yesterdays cones and acorns The wind on my skin is just as cold as autumns past The tastes and smells of November decay spawn memories of leaf jumping and bonfires Sukhavati, Sukhavati, right here, right here. If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Minute…read more

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