Andrew Furst

What People Are Reading – March 2017

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Here’s what people are reading here on in March 2017: Secular Buddhism – What’s Your Take? – Modern Koans  Soren Kierkegaard Understanding Comes Later- Quotes  Where is Truth? – Dialectic Two Step  Does Christianity Make Sense? – Modern Koans  Enders Falls – A One Minute Meditation  Frog Pond Skaters – A Two Minute Meditation  Western Lights  Southwest – Tiny Drops (Photography) It’s The Community – Say What? Quote – Napoleon on the Quiet Mind

A Case of Temporary Sanity? – 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:

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


Faces – Tiny Drops (Photography)

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Hand Made Buddhist Shrine – Altoid Tin Project

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I had some fun crafting this little Altoid tin project. I’m calling it the Sukhavati Box (Sukhavati means land of Bliss or Pure Land). It is a little portable Pure Land Shrine, its for sale, and it’s available at the store now.   It includes: 1. Images of Amitabha Buddha (Chinese: Amitofo) and Avalokiteshvara (Chinese: Quanyin). 2. a small handmade origami box with a quote from the Pure Land Sutra and an Amitabha mandala. 3. An incense cone and bottle cap burner 4. A hand made bottle cap candle. 5. Four…read more