A central problem of theology

“Self” functions as the holder (possessor) of the grounding concept of “God” (in word) as opposed to a pattern of being that emerges from the groundless Ground of “God” (underlying experience) “Self” demands certainty, sometimes at the cost of authenticity — thus, we live with the belief that God is someTHING to obtain or acquire […]

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“Holy” Pitcher

The life of suffering and the Kingdom of Heaven are both pitchers of water; They both are broken with a constant and flowing leak. They both are the same, in fact; One pitcher: broken, leaking. At once exhausting and endlessly fulfilling; Being emptied is pain and satisfaction; The pouring-out balanced with a pouring-in; An unseen […]

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Ducks and Russians

THE LITTLE DUCK By Donald C. Babcock Now we are ready to look at something pretty special. It is a duck riding the ocean a hundred feet beyond the surf. No, it isn’t a gull. A gull always has a raucous touch about him. This is some sort of duck, and he cuddles in the […]

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Anicca 

Isaiah 40:6-8 “6 All flesh is grass,And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”

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Pleasure of the senses and Pleasure of the soul (worldly and unworldly pleasant feeling)

“Pleasure of the senses is emptiness ever filling itself, Yet remaining ever empty. Pleasure of the soul is fullness ever emptying itself, Yet remaining ever full.” -Heiromonk Damascene (“Christ The Eternal Tao” Part I ch 64 p184) “The spirit is made blind by these three passions: avarice, self-esteem, and sensual pleasure. These three passions on […]

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