Saturday, December 05, 2015

sola ontology

Where does scripture come from?

Mind of God?

Imagination of man?


I will tell you:

From the moment and situation conversing --

overheard by someone who shows up, listening

to what is

revealing itself

Friday, December 04, 2015

ask again

Do you
I am?


Thursday, December 03, 2015

"But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they're evil or sinful, it's that they're unconscious. They are default settings.” (DFW)

I particularly like these words in the David Foster Wallace talk:

Not that that mystical stuff is necessarily true. The only thing that's capital-T True is that you get to decide how you're gonna try to see it. This, I submit, is the freedom of a real education, of learning how to be well-adjusted. You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn't. You get to decide what to worship. 
Because here's something else that's weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship -- be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles -- is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It's the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness. 
Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they're evil or sinful, it's that they're unconscious. They are default settings.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

What’s wrong? You ask.


Jimmy Carter had it right.


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

in (spirit) a shun(ning of idea ‘other’ for Reality Through Other)

Robert Lax (30Nov1915 - 26Sept2000) un-turned 100 yesterday.
 Thomas Merton wrote early on of this friend, “the secret of his constant solidity I think has always been a kind of natural instinctive spirituality, a kind of inborn direction to the living God.” (--from, a lax life, St Bonaventure University, quoting Thomas Merton on his friend Robert Lax)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

it is time

8 bells. Noon. Fishing boats at ease on mooring lines.
 What are we waiting for?
“...on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the clamour of the ocean and its waves; men dying of fear as they await what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken.”         (--from Luke 21:25-28,34-36)
Tide comes in, tide goes out.

If we stay upwind from chatter, what we hear is sunlight snoozing on sea shoulder.

Seagull wings its way with wind banking over center channel.

new liturgical shikantaza

Breath comes

As God 

Opens eyes