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Why I Distrust Disorganized Religion

I don’t trust disorganized religion. Look at it closely and you’ll inevitably find some reactionary yahoo who figured out there is nothing to figure out and wants to sell you that information. There’s always a trail of disciples, synchronizing their idiosyncrasies so they all think the same though none think they do, flaunting their individuality … Continue reading

Snowtrek: In Search of St-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

This story was excerpted from a larger project that was eventually scrapped, written circa 1998. I unearthed it a couple years ago and posted it on Facebook as part of a group celebrating my friend Jeff’s 40th birthday. He is a respected professional in the field of academics now, and I wanted everyone who knows … Continue reading

Passage from “The Last Tempation of Christ”

While I was writing The Camerado Chronicles  in the summer of 2004, I picked up The Last Temptation of Christ at a used book store, not knowing how deeply it would influence the rest of that project, nor the short story that would emerge directly from it. Here is the scene that inspired the writing … Continue reading

The Even Better News: An Avant-God Manifesto

“Just sit there right now Don’t do a thing Just rest.  For your separation from God, From love,  Is the hardest work In this World.  Let me bring you trays of food And something That you like to Drink.  You can use my soft words As a cushion For your Head. –Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky Note: this is a continuation of the introductory … Continue reading

Avant-God: the Crafters of New Wineskins

avant-garde (from French, “advance guard” or “vanguard”, literally “fore-guard”) are people or works that are experimental or innovative, particularly with respect to art, culture, and politics. The avant-garde pushes the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm. –Wikipedia The word “religion” does not appear in the above paragraph. … Continue reading

Somewhere

Ever wonderhow many sunrisesyou have left in this life?If you are thinking of a number,please,stop whatever you are doing.You are not free here.Somebody owns the name you call yourself,and it isn’t you.This is what it means to sayyour days are numbered–in truth, they are numberless.The sun never sets on you.You feel like the fulcrum of a … Continue reading

A Prayer for the Sword-bearers (and a Message to the Defended)

I will start with three different viewpoints on the use of force to protect oneself and control others –three dramatically different perspectives that all seem to ring true. ARJUNA: Bhimsa and Drona are noble and ancient, worthy of the deepest reverence.  How can I greet them with arrows, in battle? If I kill them, how can … Continue reading

All in All: How Non-Dual Reality Pans Every Theism– Part 5: The Value of Emptiness

“The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.” –Werner Heisenberg I freakin’ love that quote. There might be a whole essay’s worth of material in it. I found it while researching the exact wording of Schrödinger’s … Continue reading

All in All: How Non-Dual Reality Pans Every Theism– Part 4: There Is No Outermost Doll

For those of you who took the non- stop flight from Part 2, I welcome you back to the main thread. I hope the transition will go as smoothly for you as my drive today up the Hudson Valley, which, trust me, required absolutely no knowledge of the inner workings of a diesel engine. If … Continue reading

All in All: How Non-Dual Reality Pans Every Theism — Part 2: It’s the Duality, Stupid

“I…I’m not sure I follow. I want to understand you, but you seem to be telling me two different things. You tell me the vision was true, then you talk about salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ like it is all smoke and mirrors.” “On the contrary. Your whole life was a trick of smoke … Continue reading

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