liberation

Going Steady With Buddhism

Going Steady With Buddhism

"Life" Issues, affirmation/s, Atheism, autonomy, awareness, Buddhism, Challenge, Change, Christianity, contemplation, critical judgment, God, inner peace, liberation, meditation, Mystery, spiritual growth, spiritual practice, The Divine, Uncategorized, way of life
What follows is strictly and exclusively based on my experience and should in no way or to any extent whatsoever be interpreted as normative for others. I am speaking of and for myself here, no one else. Nor should anything I say be interpreted as a critique of Christianity, the tradition I was raised in and that I followed for about 55 of my 70 years. Whatever critique I have of Christianity is strictly and exclusively a critique of Christianity in relation to my thought, life, and experience, no one else’s. That said … I am pretty sure I am in the process – it is a process – of becoming a practicing Buddhist. I have been flirting around the edges of Buddhism for some time, studying Buddhist texts, reading books by, e.g., Alan Watts, D. T. Suzuki, Thich Nhat Hanh, et al. And all t
“Sailing With Ulysses” Reconsidered

“Sailing With Ulysses” Reconsidered

"Life" Issues, Archetype, autonomy, awareness, Christianity, community, courage, critical judgment, culture, curiosity, Economy, Education, Enlightenment, epistemology, Fear, Fearless, Ideology, Imagination, inspiration, journey, liberation, Myth, Renaissance, travel, Uncategorized, Wholeness
Not quite a year ago, as this is written (20 Nov 2016), I published an article in the Be-Zine in which I defended a broad-based liberal arts education by reference to the audacious undertaking of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s, Ulysses in setting out again in his old age for exploration. (A previous, slightly modified version of that article was published as a “Skeptic’s Collection” column.) I still believe and stand by everything, without exception, that I said in the 2015 piece. But, in retrospect, I realize that it needs to be qualified in two practical ways that got shouldered aside in my original access of romantic zeal. Upon more mature reflection, I realize that I should have addressed with more urgency than previously two related issues:  (1) the sheer cost of a modern university-leve
sleeping with the moon

sleeping with the moon

Joy, liberation
garden speaks through its flowers .. a dharma talk on cosmic truth, its syntax is the rush of joy in different hues written on the harmony of loam, on sturdy leaves and gray rock ~ an elemental symphony a webbed raiment as transient as foam, a feral scent flirting with a lilting breeze, a few sleepy stepping-stones along the path and then the budding, the blooming, the falling into decay, undisturbed by worldly cares, a green nirvana of prickly branches and cherry trees, the wildish thorned rose and the innocent daisy, palm fronds and color spectrums, no burdens, just an isness of small beings embracing the earth, dancing in the sun, sleeping with the moon - Jamie Dedes © 2014, poem and photograph, Jamie Dedes (The Poet by Day), All rights reserved