A few years ago I found a beautiful description of the Tao using the idea of a Pencil. I have since misplaced the article but I wish to recreate it here because I believe it is very eloquent and inspiring. Firstly—what is the Tao? The Taoist’s say that, “Everything is Tao, and Tao is unity of all […]
Should we have such blind faith in mathematics to describe our world accurately? Math is the corner stone physics, and I know it seems silly to question it, after all 1 + 1 = 2 seems to make sense – but Math doesn’t need to be consistent with nature, it only needs to be consistent to itself. Math has no loyality to our reality
The structure of the atom is not like a solar system. There is much more poetry in the atom than this conventional view. In fact the quantum world points to a broader reality, a suchness that is beyond words and of which provides a greater vantage, if your willing to open to it.
A poem by Christian Joore
The imagery of the house is symbolic – an ego-centric structure built by our intellect to resolve the question ‘who am I?’. It’s answer ultimately is the ‘self’, which allows governs the building and only allows certain things in and out. However, if numerous Koans where to slip in the front door they would surely begin to challenge this structure. If left to their devices, what could happen would be life changing.
Our intellect is the corner stone of our understanding of reality. However, it is driven by language and meaning, which are inherently limited and biased. To get beyond these limitations, the poet skillfully crafts language to expand the horizons of comprehension and truth. So to does the Zen Koan. Are they related?
There is a core principle in Buddhism called ‘emptiness’ which states that nothing inherently exists. Not to be mistaken for nihilism, rather that nothing has intrinsic existence but instead originates dependently upon other phenomenon. Simply put, nothing is truly objective or of itself entirely. The idea here is that existence of any ‘thing’ is always contingent […]