Some thoughts after jukai

Jukai is the Japanese word for the zen ceremony of “taking the precepts”. Basically you vow to take sixteen precepts seriously in your life after some time meditating with each of them. And on the surface they’re kind of weird

Great stuff from Contrapoints

Fuck you I like Guns. A great article here from a veteran about the ridiculousness of the prevalence of assault rifles in the US and the urgency of action. Short and well written.

Here is a nice little article at No Zen in the West about the tension between the personal and communal aspects of buddhist practice and how they play into the political sphere. I’ve observed a dangerous inclination for some zen

From this article: “The dharma is not an excuse to turn away from the suffering of the world, nor is it a sedative to get us comfortably through painful times. It is a powerful teaching that frees and strengthens us

Here’s Jonathan Tepperman in an excerpt from a recent World Affairs podcast: I don’t think terrorism is an existential threat [to the United States] …because the number of Americans killed every year in terrorist attacks is vanishingly small. More Americans

From Rebecca Solnit in this article: “Naïve cynics shoot down possibilities, including the possibility of exploring the full complexity of any situation. They take aim at the less cynical, so that cynicism becomes a defensive posture and an avoidance of

A movie trailer from the mind of Adam Curtis. Very interesting stuff. He also made the 3 part series “All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace” which makes the case against the concept of nature as self-regulating machine.

A Small-Scale Organic Farmer Wants You to Know a Few Things. A great essay by Claire Boyles at McSweeny’s.

Driving around I’ve been seeing a lot of PZEV namepates with “Partial Zero-Emissions Vehicle” underneath. It’s a strange term (how can something be partially nothing?) so I decided to do some amateur research which lead me to another funny acronym:

Dichotomous thinking

I was reading a letter in the MOFGA newsletter the other day that sounded to me like some ignorant old man complaining about organic hydroponics: “There isn’t any soil in hydroponic production.” Yes, that’s the idea. And, “Big money is