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March 6, 2012

Mar 06, 2012

Lately i have been thinking about the past, the long long past. Each life comes out of it, and, at the end, each life returns to it. When you forget this - when you think your life is just your own little life - you can feel very lonely and lost. But when you remember it, your life takes on a great weight and a great meaning. You do what you do not only for your life but for the lives that have gone before and for the lives that will come. This means we all live in deep time.

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Ruth sent me this link to blog of a Japanese nurse who went to help with disaster relief in March, after the quake and tsunami. Very sad stuff, but more than sad, stark. When stuff like this happens here far away from it you don't know what to think, you go numb, anxious, guilty that this is going on and you can't do anything about it. Agonizing.

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June 2, 2011

Jun 20, 2011

my pal lama surya das has just come out with a great new book, buddha standard time (bst). from harper one publishers. i think it came out a few days ago. he sent me an advanced copy and i am enjoying it a lot. "buddha standard time," what a great idea!

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I am typing this on an airplane on an ipad with a keyboard that attaches to the ipad. on my way to vancouver, for weekend sesshin. i have been reading a book about zen and post modern thought written by a professor, pub in 2000 so written in the 1990's, an eon ago. on the machine is a string quartet of shostakovitch, the 8th, played by the sorrel string quartet, an all-woman group, that's recorded all shostakovitch's string quarters, I don't know how many. they are very very good. i have two of the cd's on my machine so i can listen to them while i am typing on ipad on airplane zooming up pacific coast. this is how it is in these days.

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Bin Laden is dead. It's a great victory for America and Obama they say and maybe it will help us to recognize that the War against terror should never have been a war and that now we can declare that it is over. Fight terror and find terrorists, but bring troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq. This is good. But it is of course impossible to rejoice over the death of a human being, any human being. I have never shared the feeling of Bin Laden as a devil, as evil incarnate.

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I have been trying to think about gender. In response to disclosures of sexual misconduct in North American Buddhist communities, we've been having some conversations here in the sangha, mostly small private groups that we intend eventually to turn into small "rolling" conversations, for those who want. Especially the delicate discussion about gender in teacher student relationship, which comes out as subrosa erotic currents as well as weird power relations that no one wants to think about or admit are there (least of all me!).

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April 22, 2011

Apr 21, 2011

i have been invited to a nondualism conference. the other night i was at the east bay open circle, which is also, as i understand, devoted to non dual teaching. what does non dual mean? i am not sure. nevertheless wind right now is blowing bushes around outside. ty wiggington in disbelief stood at home plate for a few seconds. bud selig just said he is going to take over the dodgers franchise due to mismanagement. this is major news, of concern to us all. barack obama is somewhere around here today, i know because monica is going to go see him. i told her to tell him we are all proud of him. it isn't his fault things are so screwed up. but how screwed up are things actually?

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this is the post-facebook blog. the other blog was excerpts from my personal journal in which i am writing about big important things. for the ages. this blog is quick original thoughts. like facebook - here is what i am doing, here is what i am thinking, here is what i am eating for breakfast. much more real and raw - isn't that what's wanted?

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just got charles bernstein's "attack of the difficult poems" in the mail the other day. terrific book. charles is always so funny and so astute about the poetry wars, who is up, who is down, and who is controlling the game. in fact, as he says, no one is paying any attention to poetry - at least to the poetry charles and i would value. a nod is given in the press and in the public to something called "poetry" and i guess it actually is poetry of some kind but mostly limited to sincere and personal statements of grief, beauty, query, etc. a little vignette or a moment of epiphany.

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Time is passing (what does that actually mean?) and the state of the world is as dire, if not more dire, than it was a year ago. Confusion reigns, and the recent elections won’t help. But I am grateful for our practice and our friendship, and confident that we are making a difference, person by person, heart to heart.

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