When you're browsing the net for a 2011 British crime series called 'Zen', based on a series of novels by that name, you might come across something as weird as this: Artist: Nam June Paik Nam June Paik was a Korean-American artist, pianist and composer, born in Seoul, S. Korea, considered to be the founder … Continue reading Zen for TV: High Concept Video
So here's the nutshell: the one concept that links everything together in Buddhism and is the 'unified foundational theory of reality' (which I never made explicit in the last article) is INTERDEPENDENCE. It links everything together from the smallest quark to the largest objects in the Universe, and it connects the 'inner world' of personal … Continue reading Ditching the Raft 2: Interdependence
I’m trying to formulate a new world view that can take the place of Buddhist dharma. I have deinstitutionalized myself from Buddhist organizations, but I have yet to deinstitutionalize my mind from Buddhist dharma. For me, it has been Buddhist dharma that has been so seductive and had such a tenacious hold on my thinking. … Continue reading Ditching the Raft: Toward A Unified Field Theory of Self and World
India 1969 -India Part 1 MEDITATION IS NOT an escape from the world; it is not an isolating self- enclosing activity, but rather the comprehension of the world and its ways. The world has little to offer apart from food, clothes and shelter, and pleasure with its great sorrows. Meditation is wandering away from this … Continue reading Krishnamurti: India 1969
Nothing and Everything: The Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant Garde How Zen Catalyzed Conceptual Art Daniel LarkinJanuary 24, 2013 in Hyperallergic Ellen Pearlman’s “Nothing and Everything” (Image via North Atlantic Books) So, let’s just go for it. What the hell happened in art history after the 1950s when the real, discrete art movements … Continue reading Nothing and Everything: Buddhism and the American Avant Garde
Listen to Erik Davis of Expanding Mind podcast in a discussion with Michael Taft of Deconstructing Yourself podcast, about hardcore dharma, Buddhist modernism, shop talk, flattening hierarchies, the soup of the sangha, and the problem of the achievement self and the blind leading the blind. https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-dfc6d-b3b365 Toward the end of the discussion, Erik and Michael … Continue reading Expanding Mind: New Forms of Dharma and Sangha
In the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta*, the Buddha's first sermon on the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path, there is no language that specifies that it is only the individual who suffers and only the individual who is the cause of his or her own suffering, which is how it is normally taught. The Buddha presents the … Continue reading Who’s Suffering?