February will end tomorrow night. Today it rains. Inland, snow. It feels winter might be winding down. Less than a month by calendar.
Coffee and donut by Rockland harbor earlier. Met prison librarian on main street. Brief catchup. Been a year since last physically there.
They say I'll be called when vaccine is ready for my age range. They've gone sixteen and a half years under mine. They say.
I'm ready. If I get covid I'll die. No reason in particular. Just the panoply of vulnerable conditions. It doesn't seem to phase me.
In New York Review of Books, this: “People evangelize because they fear that the belief to which they have committed themselves may not be true.” (T.M. Luhrmann, anthropologist)
The urge to convince and convert seems a natural
outgrowth of one adopting a particular belief as one's own. The desire
to have company is strong.
Woman during conversation said that Vipassana meditation was the one that the Buddha practiced in India. To see things as they really are is a good thing.
On revient toujours a son premier métier. (One always returns to one's original calling.) The prayers and Latin from childhood and early adulthood reemerge.
The poetry and zen and philosophy and theology and religious studies of university time sit next to me more and more often these days.
Graduate course on Yeats' poetry in late sixties with Marjorie Perloff at Catholic University in DC.
Graduate seminar on Heidegger with John Macquarrie at Union Theological Seminary in NYC.
Graduate course on Bhagavad Gita with Thomas Berry at Fordham University in Bronx NY.
Graduate course on Vedanta and Pantanjali's Yoga Sutras at The New School in Greenwich Village Manhattan by a swami from India.
Graduate course on Phenomenology with John Caputo at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.
I've been reading and studying since first attempt at college in 1961. I've been teaching as adjunct for The University of Maine at Augusta for thirty three years. Philosophy and Humanities. A great many of those courses at Maine State Prison's college program. (Two students from a course in 1988 are still there.)
Today a book arrives, Degrees of Givenness: On Saturation in Jean-Luc Marion (Philosophy of Religion), Oct.22, 2014, by Christina M. Gschwandtner.