Andrew Furst

What is the Middle Way? – Dialectic Two Step

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Estimated reading time: 5 minute(s) What is the Middle Way? Lama Surya Das recently tweeted: For me, the Middle Way is Buddha’s greatest teaching. I’m inclined to agree. It informs us in every part of life. It is a tool to discipline the mind, a key to right view, and a balm to sooth suffering. Nagarjuna is recognized as the Buddhist scholar saint who articulated the Madhyamaka – the school of the middle way. At its core is the subtle teaching of sunyata or emptiness. For the mind, the middle…read more

Relics – Dirty Dozen

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Dirty Dozen In the drive thru at Starbucks waiting for my daily fix of double dirty chai, I was greeted with a pleasant surprise. Rose, the perennial queen of the drive thru, explained to me that the last 12 customers had been paying for the next car’s drinks. Its the little things, isn’t it? One person, paying an extra $10, made an investment that would put a smile on a dozen people’s faces. When Rose explained what was happening, my day changed instantly for the better. Without hesitation I blurted,…read more