Question: What are the “Three Obstacles” in Buddhism, and how can they be eradicated? Response: So you want to eradicate delusion, greed, and anger. Seriously? Jeez. I guess you’re one of those go big or go home folks. Damn. Lets just say this; that, is a tall – no, gigantic – order. Do you mean to say that you’re really thinking you could transform the human race, subject to it’s endlessly varying circumstances and a genetic disposition towards greed, delusion, and anger? Wow! No really. Just wow! That’s ambition. That…read more
. Composing mid-April lullabies For her unborn nestlings, A mother can make no other sense Of this season. Ancient designs of reeds and mud Lie beneath her children, Embraced safely in shell and albumin. Purpose reveals itself, if only to breathe. A Swan Nesting in the Rain on Crystal Pond in Peabody. 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…read more
After 106 submissions of 83 poems, I received my second acceptance letter. My poem “Taste” will be published in the Platform Review later this year! Perseverance pays off. If you enjoyed this post, please like and share. Verse Us – Poems I write: haiku, senryu, mesostics, free verse, random word constructions, I might even use rhyme or meter once and a while. 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,…read more
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:
I’ve had a fairly productive winter creating a shadowbox series. Patreon Supporters ($5 and above) can request one for free. Here is a selection of them, but take a look at my store to see all of the latest art frenzy creations.
Question: What is the reason for human suffering? Response: To me, your question seems to make some very large assumptions. These include: That there need to be reasons for things. Further if there are reasons, that there is a “reasoner”. One step further, your question assumes that the “reasoner” created suffering with a reason in mind. If you would like to know the “reason” for human suffering, you would have to appeal to this reasoner. Find them, and you will know. If you do not find them, then perhaps you…read more
Here is a collection of my favorite quotes from Shinran.