A Calendar Of Sonnets: July – by Helen Hunt Jackson Some flowers are withered and some joys have died; The garden reeks with an East Indian scent From beds where gillyflowers stand weak and spent; The white heat pales the skies from side to side; But in still lakes and rivers, cool, content, Like starry blooms on a new firmament, White lilies float and regally abide. In vain the cruel skies their hot rays shed; The lily does not feel their brazen glare. In vain the pallid clouds refuse to share…read more
Question: Is hatred purely emotional/psychological, or is it also ‘spiritual’? Response: If hatred came from Lithuania, would it make a difference? How is spiritual different from the emotional or the psychological? You put the word spiritual in quotes. I think this accentuates the ambiguity of the term and muddles the question. Hatred is something that comes and goes, in and out of our consciousness. It can arise from many different causes and conditions. It would be ludicrous to try and inventory all the possible sources of hatred as if we…read more
Question: Is the idea of difference with mutual respect better than the idea of religious tolerance? Response: I think both ideas, in different contexts, offer something beneficial. Religious tolerance is a bare minimum societal norm that could inform public policy. It is feasible to legislate using this as a standard. For example, companies can be required to avoid hiring practices that discriminate against minority religions. The idea of mutual respect in the face of differences feels morally superior. But as a platform for enforcing a social contract it is a…read more
Question: Will Buddhism become outdated? Response: Of course, many will point out, the truth of impermanence tells us Buddhism will not last. But I think the question is asking for a different response that looks to the truth of suffering. What is Buddhism? It’s an identity. What is a Buddhist? Someone who clings to that identity. When an identity is clung to, there is suffering. In this regard Buddhism (the institution) and adherence to it is in direct conflict with the notion of being awake (Bodhi). It is the raft….read more
My senryu “From” was just accepted by Dime Show Review It appeared on the website today and is a candidate for the print edition. I’ll be sure to announce the print edition when it is released. To anyone else submitting poetry, persevere. Since Fall 2016, I’ve submissions over 100 poems to 225 publications (545 individual submissions). Of these, 7 poems have been accepted. That’s a 1% acceptance rate (and I feel lucky). If you enjoyed this post, please like and share. Verse Us – Poems I write: haiku, senryu, mesostics, free…read more
Here is a collection of posts with my thoughts on happiness.
Here’s a selected list of what people were reading here on andrewfurst.net in August 2018: August by Mary Oliver – Compass Songs Did Religion Create Evil? – Modern Koans Summer 2018 Bits – Tiny Drops (Photography) Four Winds Exercises – Meditation Techniques A Collection of Waterfall Posts – Collections Quote – Nietzsche on Punishment The Sutra on Totality Can I Learn Buddhist Super Powers? – Dialectic Two-Step White Supremacy? – Thoughts on Humans The Meaning of Namo Amitofo