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    Silent Retreat Paid Member

    I felt like I had embarked on a dangerous adventure. I had the sense of doing something scary that I didn't fully understand, something that could turn out to be more than I could handle. It was the mid-seventies, and I had signed up for a silent weekend of meditation. l had done meditation before, and l had been to the ashram for a couple of weekend events, but I didn't really know anyone there, and the people had been a different group each of the two or three times I had come up. I remember it was a lovely fall Friday. I had left my husband and two children at home and embarked on this all by myself. As a matter of fact, my husband was not particularly thrilled to have me disappear for the weekend, which added to  my  sense of daring. More »
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    The Green Lama Paid Member

    "I think I'll go home and meditate...on murder!" —The Green Lama in "The Man Who Never Existed" (radio show) The Green Lama, a superhero invented by writer Kendell Foster Crossen, appeared in comic books and pulp magazines and on radio shows during the 1940s. This offbeat character, first created to compete in the pulp market with “The Shadow” (a highly popular pulp and radio character of the 1930s), is a wealthy Harvard graduate named Jethro Dumont who has become a lama after ten years’ study in Tibet. Returning to the West to spread the dharma, he instead decides to bring enlightenment to the wicked world by fighting crime. To this end he deploys mystic powers such as invulnerability, flight, mesmeric skills, and delivering shocks to vital pressure points. More »
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    The Bodhisattvas Play Ball Paid Member

    You can’t get them to chase a Texas Leaguer,a cheap flare that drops like a duckon to the lip of green outfield,yet they are compelled by The Diamond.The walls, like our lives, are irregular,yet in form, how perfect. There is no scoreboard. They oil their gloves all winter.Each spring they cover the hole,gracefully turn the double play,above the sliding runner,plant and throw, mid-air.   They embrace the pick-off,the ball released to an empty bag.They have answered the knuckleball’s koan.   No one can play the squeeze like them.Grace under pressure,they come flappingdown the third base line,laughing wildly,spikes high.   More »
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    The Spell-Check Sutra Paid Member

    When “Trungpa” comes up “turnip,” and your “sangha” becomes “sangria,” you know you’re in cyberspace. A secular computer spell-check program, when fed Buddhist words, suggested some English alternatives, offered here with dharma definitions of their own. Arhat:Skt., lit. “worthy one”; one in whom all defilements and passions have been extinguished Overheat:an indication that you might need an extinguisher Mala:Skt., lit. “garland, rose”; Buddhist rosary used to count repetitions of a mantra, often sold in temples; also used as adornment Mall:a temple to the sale of adornments where, these days, malas may be found More »
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    Absolute Relativity Paid Member

    Time and again the passion for understanding has led to the illusion that man is able to comprehend the objective world rationally by pure thought without any empirical foundations—in short, by metaphysics. —Albert Einstein By becoming attached to names and forms, not realizing that they have no more basis than the activities of the mind itself, error arises and the way to emancipation is blocked. —Buddha The external world of physics has thus become a world of shadows. In removing our illusions we have removed the substance, for indeed we have seen that substance is one of the greatest of our illusions. —Sir Arthur Eddington More »
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    The Koans of Yogi Berra Paid Member

    Discovered inside a catcher’s mitt in the year 2087 by archaeologists while excavating rubble in the abandoned Yankee Stadium in the Bronx:KOAN 1: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” More »