Andrew Furst

What Does Pure Land Buddhism Teach? – Dialectic Two Step

Posted by in Dialectic Two-Step, Writings

Question: What does Pure Land Buddhism teach? Response: The Pure Land Sutra is the enlightenment story of the Bodhisattva Dharmakāra. The story is set in the impossibly distant past. Upon fulfillment of 48 vows Dharmakāra became the Buddha Amitabha. Two of those vows are the central focus of the Pure Land school. 18. If I would become a Buddha, then any sentient being in any one of the ten directions who would earnestly believe and willingly wish to be born in my Pure Land, even if for only the duration of…read more

In the Mail – The Broken Glass Art Project

Posted by in Art, Post Card Art

The first 18 images are in the mail (e- and/or snail-). A good start, but more would be better.  I’m really excited about this project, I’m hoping for a little of the same and a little in the category I like to call “something completely different”. What do you mean completely different?  I’m looking for some real off the wall approaches to responding to this call for art.  First, since participants are keeping the art (past projects the art was mailed on post cards) the format that I get it…read more

Facing Pages Study – Concrete Poetry – Compass Songs

Posted by in Compass Songs (Poetry), Favorites

Facing Pages Study  by Friedrich Achleitner. Part of a series of concrete poems from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry founded by Ruth and Marvin Sackner If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share.  Compass Songs is an ongoing series of works by poets that I enjoy. Poetry, as the Zen Masters have said, is like a finger pointing to the moon. It speaks the Subscribe to My NewsletterJoin me for a little peace through reflection, art, video, sound, and poetry Leave this field empty if you’re human:

Why Was I Born? – Modern Koans

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Question: According to Buddhism, I am not an eternal being or spirit. But, due to my past life karma I am born again. I was wondering what was the cause of my first life. Rebirth takes place due to karma. So if I had no karma before my first life, why was I born? Response: This isn’t an answer, but an opinion and a framework to consider. First, self is impermanent, just like all other observable phenomenon. As you said it arises from causes and conditions. So when you talk…read more

Ideas For the Broken Glass Art Project

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I’ve already gotten some good questions about the Broken Glass Art Project. In response I’ve put together a list of ideas. The first question was this:  Do I have to use broken glass in my art work? Here’s my response: You certainly don’t need to use glass.  But you could. Or you could: paint on it, fold it into origami, make it part of a collage, extend or highlight some of the lines to emphasize an image that you see in the mishmash, you could make a t-shirt out of it,…read more

Join the Broken Glass Art Project

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So, I’ve kicked off another art project titled The Broken Glass Art Collaborative. It’s another opportunity for us to do art together.  You can treat it as a spiritual practice, an excuse to get together with friends, or a way to connect with other people around the world. The Broken glass series is inspired by a directive in the book Grapefruit, A Book of Instructions and Drawings by Yoko One.  Originally published in the year I was born (1964), it offers hundreds of koan like instructions for producing paintings, music,…read more

Quabbin Waves – A One Minute Meditation

Posted by in iPhoneography, Meditation Videos, Meditations, Nature

The richness of life dances on the waves Its peace in the clarity of the water Quabbin Waves 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 me for a little peace through…read more