Category Archives: Zen

Original Mind # 2 Available: The Newsletter of the Original Mind Zen Sangha

The second issue of Original Mind, the newsletter of the Original Mind Zen Sangha, is now available for download.  Send me your mailing address if you’d like to receive a copy in the mail (See above for the link for the contact … Continue reading

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Technology Makes Relationships Invisible

Technology makes some things invisible.  This is true at least in the context of an industrial society, whether it be capitalist, communist, or anything else. For the above to be true, I must make clear that I mean technology in … Continue reading

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My Trash: How a Can Ties Me to Labor Disputes and Municipal Politics

This is my fifth article on the waste that I generate.  Please see the “Waste” category link for the others.  This time, I’m not going to talk about environmental issues.  This time, I’m going to talk about labor, the people … Continue reading

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Original Mind Newsletter Available

The first issue of Original Mind, the newsletter of the Original Mind Zen Sangha of Princeton, New Jersey is now out.  Issue one is available for download here.  More issues will come at whatever pace we have enough material for an … Continue reading

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From Hinduism to Buddhism: The Importance of the Sangha

Buddhists identify the sangha – or community – as one of the Three Jewels or Refuges of Buddhism.  Many Hindu teachers likewise emphasize the importance of satsang or good company.  In my experience, they’re right to do so.  A supporting … Continue reading

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My Water, My Responsibility

I know where my water comes from.  Shouldn’t we all?  It shouldn’t appear miraculously in our houses.  That’s too must trust to people in other people and too little responsibility on our parts.  I want to take responsibility for my … Continue reading

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The Layers of Art, Or How I Learned to Let Go and Love Ambiguity

My partner Jo has been creating and posting one piece of art every day for sixty-nine days and counting.  That’s a bit insane.  But it’s wonderful and she has taught me much about art. I’ve long held what I now … Continue reading

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Technology as Tragedy

Here is something I wrote in 2010 and thought worth editing a little and reposting. But what if the difficulties attending technology are both integral to its very being and inseparable from its benefits–like the other side of a coin? … Continue reading

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My Own Silent Spring

My grandparents had a large yard, probably about one-and-a-half acres.  It had some great climbing trees, a large vegetable garden, and some flower beds raised up about two or three feet in wonderful stone rings.  Their yard was up against … Continue reading

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