Andrew Furst

Now Spring Has Clad The Grove In Green – Compass Songs

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by Robert Burns Now spring has clad the grove in green, And strew’d the lea wi’ flowers; The furrow’d, waving corn is seen Rejoice in fostering showers: While ilka thing in nature join Their sorrows to forego, O why thus all alone are mine The weary steps of woe? The trout in yonder wimpling burn That glides, a silver dart, And safe beneath the shady thorn Defies the angler’s art — My life was ance that careless stream, That wanton trout was I; But love, wi’ unrelenting beam, Has scorch’d…read more

Is Enlightenment Achievable? – Dialectic Two Step

Posted by in Dialectic Two-Step, Writings

Estimated reading time: 9 minute(s) Question: Do You Think Enlightenment or Awakening that follows meditation practice is actually achievable? Response: Enlightenment – arghh. What a troublesome idea.  Buddhist teachers need to be careful when getting pulled into this discussion.  Making short sharp declarations like enlightenment is not a goal can be confusing.  But associating it with personal achievement can also be misleading. So let’s start with that part of the question.  Is there such a thing as awakening that follows meditation practice?  There are two ideas merged into a premise here. …read more

Right Side Down – Verse Us (Poems by Me)

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Tenuous at best This equilibrium I find myself clinging to. Dangling from the earth by my cranium. Watching as others, like birds must see fish, flail about the universe, feet bound to the firmament above us.   For us it resembles suffocating or haphazard design. Unable to fathom the sensation of the skull flopping about deleteriously. As though hanging their brains as bait and net to whatever hazards might glide below.   Yet, these impressions would be invisible to the thinking mind, forgotten. And ours pondered over as a peculiar…read more

All You (K)need Is… 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

Remember – A One Minute Meditation

Posted by in iPhoneography, Meditation Videos, Meditations

Winding down into the fullness of spring, today’s meditation is a last memory of the crispness of winter. The video, shot in 2013 from a window a work, captures an early morning snow squall before anyone else was in the office. These are the moments worth getting up for. 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,…read more