Saturday, December 01, 2018

for saturday morning practice

This​ ​is​ ​in​ ​​Anguttara​ ​Nikaya,​​ ​4.49:
"These​ ​four,​ ​[that​ ​follow,​ ​below]​ ​O​ ​Monks,​ ​are​ ​distortions​ ​of​ ​perception,​ ​distortions​ ​of​ ​thought, distortions​ ​of​ ​view: 
[1]​ ​Sensing​ ​no​ ​change​ ​in​ ​the​ ​changing,
 [2]​ ​Sensing​ ​pleasure​ ​in​ ​suffering,
[3]​ ​Assuming​ ​self​ ​where​ ​there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​self,
 [4]​ ​Sensing​ ​the​ ​unlovely​ ​as​ ​lovely— 
Gone​ ​astray​ ​with​ ​wrong​ ​views,​ ​beings
Misperceive​ ​with​ ​distorted​ ​minds. 
Bound​ ​in​ ​the​ ​bondage​ ​of​ ​Mara,
Those​ ​people​ ​are​ ​far​ ​from​ ​safety.
They’re​ ​beings​ ​that​ ​go​ ​on​ ​flowing:
Going​ ​again​ ​from​ ​death​ ​to​ ​birth. 
But​ ​when​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world​ ​of​ ​darkness
Buddhas​ ​arise​ ​to​ ​make​ ​things​ ​bright,
They​ ​present​ ​this​ ​profound​ ​teaching
Which​ ​brings​ ​suffering​ ​to​ ​an​ ​end. 
When​ ​those​ ​with​ ​wisdom​ ​have​ ​heard​ ​this,
They​ ​recuperate​ ​their​ ​right​ ​mind: 
They​ ​see​ ​change​ ​in​ ​what​ ​is​ ​changing,
 Suffering​ ​where​ ​there’s​ ​suffering,
 “Non-self”​ ​in​ ​what​ ​is​ ​without​ ​self,
They​ ​see​ ​the​ ​unlovely​ ​as​ ​such. 
By​ ​this​ ​acceptance​ ​of​ ​right​ ​view,
They​ ​overcome​ ​all​ ​suffering.”
That​ ​is​ ​the​ ​​Anguttara​ ​Nikaya’s​ ​Vipallasa​ ​Sutta​,​ ​or​ ​the​ ​distortions​ ​of​ ​perception,​ ​thought,​ ​and view.

Friday, November 30, 2018

, (comma)

Something I remember:
The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena 
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen. 
An Advent-Long Devotion The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena is often called simply the "Christmas Novena" or the "Christmas Anticipation Prayer," because it is prayed 15 times every day from the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle (November 30) until Christmas. It is an ideal Advent devotion; the First Sunday of Advent is the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saint Andrew.
While the novena is tied to the Feast of Saint Andrew, it is not actually addressed to Saint Andrew but to God Himself, asking Him to grant our request in honor of the birth of His Son at Christmas. You can say the prayer all 15 times, all at once; or divide up the recitation as necessary (perhaps five times at each meal). 
 It was when time seemed ordinary, its plodding pace distinct steps. Not like now, when time is an encircling recurrence upon itself, a swift emptiness with no before no after, the face of awareness in every bare tree limb as dawn and dusk manifest that which has no name.
God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning--the first day. (Genesis 1:5, NIV)
Should there be a comma after “God” in Genesis 1:5?

Today is the first day. 

That which has no name reveals itself as and within each and every moment each and every occurrence emerging as being within being.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

an inn on loan to us

Some of the men at the prison observed Stoic Week. Tomorrow there will be a debriefing
A Stoic must remember, Epictetus teaches, that the material possessions we come to own can be taken away from us.  They don’t belong to us forever.  Moreover, our spouses and children are mortal, and so they do not belong to us permanently either.  As long as other people and possessions are with us, we must daily remind ourselves that they are only on loan to us.  Therefore, we ought to take care of them as travelers treat an inn (Ench. 11; cf. Disc. 4.1.107 and Ench. 7).  The people we love are mortals and a Stoic is convinced that we should love them on these terms. 
(—from, A Stoic Approach to Travel and Tourism by William O. Stephens, by Gregory Sadler
Things are on loan to us.

We are on loan to one another.

As is breath to each and all of those of us that breathe. 

may, be, ‘hen‘

If love

has any place

in this

It is this


...   ...   ...
Note: As far as "Eyeh Asher Eyeh" is concerned, this is simply a transliteration of the Hebrew text of Ex.3:14("I will be/can be/may be/keep on being what[ever] I will be/can be/may be/keep on being"; see Bible Basics part 1: Theology, note #1 and note #6). 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

a companion

He breathes

His last

Breath —

No Volvo


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

buddhist boast

I have


To say

Monday, November 26, 2018

woman looking at outdoor chapel in Rockport


Trying to

See through

What is

Not there


Rohr has a way of opening insight. Here he speaks of  St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio (1217–1274):
He starts very simply: “Unless we are able to view things in terms of how they originate, how they are to return to their end, and how God shines forth in them, we will not be able to understand.” [1] For Bonaventure, the perfection of God and God’s creation is a full circle, and to be perfect the circle must and will complete itself. He knows that Alpha and Omega are finally the same, and the lynchpin holding it all in unity is the “Christ Mystery,” or the essential unity of matter and spirit, humanity and divinity. The Christ Mystery is thus the template for all creation, and even more precisely the crucified Christ, who reveals the necessary cycle of loss and renewal that keeps all things moving toward ever further life. Now we know that the death and birth of every star and every atom is this same pattern of loss and renewal, yet this pattern is invariably hidden or denied, and therefore must be revealed by God—which is “the cross.” 
Bonaventure’s theology is never about trying to placate a distant or angry God, earn forgiveness, or find some abstract theory of justification. He sees humanity as already being included in—and delighting in—an all-pervasive plan. As Paul’s school says, “Before the world was made, God chose us, chose us in Christ” (Ephesians 1:4). The problem is solved from the beginning. Rather than seeing history as a “fall from grace,” Bonaventure reveals a slow but real emergence and evolution into ever-greater consciousness of Love. He was the Teilhard de Chardin (1881–1955) of the 13th century.
(—Richard Rohr,  The Franciscan VisionMonday, November 26, 2018) 
Good for him!

And Good for us!

right into the wall

Of course power corrupts. QED, the current American president.

The question is whether any return to “normalcy” is a possibility after him.
The presidency is an institution invested with enormous power and enormous leeway for how to use that power. Trump’s two years in office have revealed how few legal and political tools there are for curbing a chief executive who does not feel constrained by norms — or, for that matter, by shame, ethical standards or fear of public backlash. 
Nowhere is the potential for overreach more dangerous, however, than in the application of our laws. Using that power to reward friends and punish adversaries marks the dividing line where a president becomes a tyrant — and it is one that Trump seems determined to cross. 
(—from,  Trump wants to interfere with the scales of justice. These policies could curb him. By Karen Tumulty, Washington Post, 25nov18)
Yes, the man worries and frightens many. And, yes, he is crude and ludicrous and a craven con man.  His attraction — the nosethumbing, middle finger saluting, impertinent denigrating namecalling that is his calling card — titillates and rouses the residual dislike, hell, hatred, crouching within any of us toward anyone in a position of authority over us.

Something there is that doesn’t dislike a blatant breaker of rules and laws done in bold and public fashion!

He will prevail.

We ain‘t seen nothing yet.

We broke it, we bought it!

Time to ride this bronco right into the wall.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

or maybe not

I am not writing this. This is writing me.
Every story is a fictive narrative intended to motivate an audience to care about the telling. Composition is decomposition of expressed reality grounded in recomposition of original longing to influence creation of something to hold on to in an impermanent and chaotic existence.
(—after reading kirkus review of book, DECIPHERING THE GOSPELS Proves Jesus Never Existed, by

abdication, abjuration, finally a common arete*

When quiet


of a sudden

the place

it arrives

bows low

to its



...   ...   ...

                        Arete (Greekἀρετή), 
                               in its basic sense, 
                               means "excellence      
                               of any kind".[1]]

  • Robert Pirsig uses "arete" as a synonym for Quality in his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. This includes an extensive discussion of Plato's "Phaedrus" and the historical contrast between Dialectic and Rhetoric. "And what is good, Phaedrus, And what is not good—Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?" Pirsig's line plays off a line in the Platonic dialogue The Phaedrus which reads: "And what is well and what is badly—need we ask Lysias, or any other poet or orator, who ever wrote or will write either a political or any other work, in metre or out of metre, poet or prose writer, to teach us this?"[12]
— Wikipedia, “Arete