Monthly Archives: August 2009

What is Religion?

What is religion and how does it relate to Zen? The question becomes simpler if we consider that traditionally societies did not have a special word for religion per se because religion was not separate from other activities. Indeed, religion…

Religion for Sale

One odd feature of American life nowadays is that most of our social interaction is colored by the commercial metaphor of buying and selling. We have come to expect that most do-good endeavors are attempts to “sell” us something. We…

No Part Left Out

Watching the moon at dawn, solitary, mid-sky, I knew myself completely: no part left out. -Poem by Izumi Shikibu (974-1034) from The Enlightened Heart, Stephen Mitchell (Ed.), Harper & Row ,1989. Shikibu’s experience is not one of looking at the…

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