Andrew Furst

Going to This Great Place – Verse Us (Poems by Me)

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Going to This Great Place – a blackout poem. We should all value our time. We should all value our time together. We should all value our time together, now. 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,…read more

Is Identity an Obstacle to Enlightenment?

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Question: Identity: Is it better to have some or none at all? Is it always the obstacle to enlightenment or is it only a problem when there is craving and clinging to one? Response: The identity arithmetic you describe is besides the point. Our identities are important and limiting all at the same time. My identity as a father is important. As a father, I make decisions for the benefit of my family, not just for myself. It’s one of the best identities I have. I also play the part of…read more

Does Buddhist Philosophy Work? – Modern Koans

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Question: What is your experience in applying Buddhist philosophy in real life? Response: My experience is that Buddhist philosophy has proven its worth. For me, suffering would have taken its course and led me to an untimely death had I not had the good fortune to learn of and take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. I first entered the stream by way of physical suffering. I had fractured some vertebrae and had taken on the practice of hatha yoga as a way towards healing. The Buddhist approach spoke…read more

The Theophany – The Latest in the Shadowbox Series

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I’ve had a fairly productive winter creating a shadowbox series. This one is titled The Theophany. The Theophany is the term for the baptism of Christ. It is a part of the Gospel that has always been interesting to me. I’ve modeled this collage on the Russian Orthodox icon for the event.  It contains several important characters in the story. I’ve found that religious texts offer the most when we look at the cast of characters and try to relate to them, especially in the context of your own circumstances.  In the…read more

Beede Falls – A Two Minute Meditation

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. The trip to Beede Falls was one of several waterfalls I visited in the Winnipesaukee area the weekend of July 4th 2016.  This is a lovely little falls with a big shallow pool to cool off in on a hot summer day.  It’s a little off the beaten path, but a nice visit if you’re in the area. The nearby town of Center Sandwich is also lovely. The falls themselves drop over a ledge allowing you to sit behind the water and look outward.  It’s something of a secret hideaway.  Meditation…read more

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Pure Land Buddhist – What Do They Believe?

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Question: What are the main beliefs of Pure Land Buddhism? Response: The shortest answer could be this: faith, vows, and practice Faith – Faith in the Buddha’s way. Not blind faith, but a faith in the sense that we develop confidence with each passing day that the sun will set in the western sky. Faith in the truths of suffering, the causes of suffering, and a path away from it. Faith in our Buddha Nature. Vows – The aspiration for rebirth in the Pure Land, for the blossoming of our…read more

ESPecially Nuts? – 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:

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