Peter Matthiessen’s Homegoing.
"He is the only writer ever to win the National Book Award for nonfiction and fiction, but it’s not just the writing: Born into the East Coast establishment, Matthiessen
ran from it, and in the running became a novelist, a C.I.A. agent, a founder of The Paris Review, author of more than 30 books, a naturalist, an activist and a master in one of the most respected lineages in Zen. As early as 1978, he was already being referred to, in a review in The New York Times, as a 'throwback,' because he has always seemed to be of a different, earlier era, with universal, spiritual and essentially timeless concerns." Peter Matthiessen, Lyrical Writer and Naturalist, Is Dead at 86
posted by homunculus
on Apr 5, 2014 -
Why You Won’t Be the Person You Expect to Be (NYT)
: "When we remember our past selves, they seem quite different. We know how much our personalities and tastes have changed over the years. But when we look ahead, somehow we expect ourselves to stay the same... They called this phenomenon the “end of history illusion,” in which people tend to “underestimate how much they will change in the future.”" (via exp.lore) [more inside]
posted by flex
on Jan 6, 2013 -
Teachings on Right Practice by Shunryu Suzuki, as compiled in Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
, read by Peter Coyote: "Posture", "Breathing"
, "Mind Weeds"
, "The Marrow of Zen"
, "Nothing Special"
posted by Trurl
on Nov 8, 2011 -
One day in 1984 character actor Stephen Tobolowsky
, the original, unaired pilot of Buffy The Vampire Slayer
) was walking down the street when Jonathan Demme
pulled up and asked if he wanted to see a movie he was finishing. Tobolowsky accepted: taking his girlfriend Beth Henley
, they went to the Academy Linwood Dunn Theatre
to watch the rough cut of the movie, Stop Making Sense
. The audience in the otherwise empty theatre consisted of Tobolowsky
, Henley, and Demme, along with members of Talking Heads
, including David Byrne
and Tina Weymouth
. Later, Byrne
on his bike
and asked if he wanted to work on a new movie
. Interest sparked again, and during the ensuing collaboration Tobolowsky shared his past experience of psychic phenomena. Inspired, Byrne went on to write Radio Head
. The song was heard by Thom Yorke
and became the name of his band
. All of this is a true story, based on puzzling evidence
. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Jul 17, 2011 -
Flash so good it couldn't wait till Friday: Loops of Zen
is a puzzle game where you reconcile all the loose ends so there is no beginning or end. Deceptively simple, yet very relaxing. [more inside]
posted by schyler523
on Sep 18, 2008 -
The other day, I overheard someone marveling at this story
: Impatient jack-ass in Starbucks drive-thru (no, not always synonymous) honks and shouts repeatedly at driver in front of him, a tai-chi master
who decides to "change the consciousness" of the jerk by paying for his coffee. The jerk is so moved, that he pays for the coffee of the person behind him, and this "chain of kindness" winds up lasting all day, with everyone paying for the drink behind him. Nice story, right?
How odd that the same thing
(minus the Jewish zen-master) ccurred almost simultaneously in another part of the country. In this version, the "cheer chain," as the Starbucks employee calls it, was a near-perfect (except for this guy
) example of holiday cheer. I guess pre-caffeinated Starbucks customers must possess a surprisingly high
amount of holiday spirit.
Or maybe it's just the red cups
posted by ericbop
on Dec 17, 2007 -
"My name is Gudo Wafu Nishijima, a Buddist Monk, who is 86 years old, and recently because of my old age, I finished my Buddhist lectures, which were held at many places for many years, and so I decided to open Dogen Sangha Blog
, to express the Buddhist thought. It might be very short sentences, but I would like to continue it as far as possible almost every day."
The blog of Zen Master Gudo Wafu Nishijima
, founder of Dongen Sangha
Buddhist group. Learn from his video, How to Practice Zazen
, or read some of Nishijima Roshi's lectures and articles
, including the interesting talk, Zazen, A Better Way of Experiencing Pain
posted by MetaMonkey
on Feb 25, 2006 -
A nice flash intro. Use the mouse, Grasshopper!
Yes, it shows lack of enlightenment to smite the buzzing fly, but it's the only way you'll get into the site, so overcome your Buddha-nature for once in your life.
posted by languagehat
on Jul 25, 2004 -
and the art of
website maintainance; a stunning demonstration of what can be accomplished visually through CSS–based design.
posted by riffola
on May 10, 2003 -
(Temple of the Peaceful Dragon) is possibly the best known of all rock gardens. The entire design consists of fifteen rocks arranged in a large bed of raked gravel, and on the outskirts there are many benches so that visitors may contemplate its meaning and find inner peace. Ryoan-ji inspired the design of the very first mini-zen garden, according to the self-proclaimed inventor
, who also pays homage to Ryoan-ji with beautiful photographs
. For those who might like to try making their own source of inner peace and harmony, not to mention taking up that awkward space on their coffee table, check out the unabashedly exuberant version
by Crafty Chica, who always celebrates her Mexican-American roots with color and verve and quirky charm.
posted by iconomy
on Nov 18, 2002 -
Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbors.
"Pick out the stories that sound interesting. Read this hypertext book from 'cover' to 'cover,' or at random, or use the links at the bottom of each story to connect to other stories with similar themes. There's no right or wrong way to do this."
posted by Joey Michaels
on Oct 25, 2002 -
tote the zen of the wave... and sprinkle a bit of post-colonial critique
in to boot!
Does anyone know of other ventures into this field?
posted by mrjoy
on Apr 2, 2001 -
We've heard of intelligence and emotional intelligence, but what about spiritual intelligence? Gary Zukav
is spiritually brilliant
. He frequently appears on Oprah, from which I assume (accepting all implicit risks) that his audience consists largely of women. Which is too bad, because men have quite a lot to learn from this man as well, and it would do a world of good (being, unjustly, a man's world) if every man did.
posted by sudama
on Sep 20, 2000 -