Monthly Archives: April 2013

Scent of a woman

I was staying in a bungalow with some friends when one of them picked up my deodorant and asked me: “Is this yours?” “Yes,” I said. “But it says ‘for men’,” she persisted. “I like how it smells,” I answered. … Continue reading

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Bottom-up morality

Many christians still argue that we can’t be good without god, even though there is a variety of secular moral frameworks. Primatologist De Waal turns this debate on its head by saying we invented god to help us live the … Continue reading

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Parfit, Napoleon and Me

If there is a number one question for zen meditation practitioners, it’s probably: How do I integrate my meditation practice in my daily life? I’ve witnessed many Q and A sessions with a zen master and somebody always asks this … Continue reading

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knowing me, knowing you

I started blogging some ten weeks ago and today I found it hard to leave my laptop alone. I actually decided I need a little more discipline to make sure blogging doesn’t eat up all my waking hours. And that … Continue reading

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enlightenment on acid

When I started blogging, I made a vow not to talk about sex, drugs or politics. I am about to break it. Somebody recently mentioned that taking psychoactive drugs is a short cut to enlightenment. I’d like to explain why … Continue reading

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The atheist holiday

“Organising atheists has been compared to herding cats, because they tend to think independently and will not conform to authority.” I’m sure most of us are familiar with this quote from Richard Dawkins. I would like to explore what makes … Continue reading

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zen catechism

Catechisms are doctrinal manuals often in the form of questions followed by answers to be memorised. A christian example: Q. What is the chief end of man? A. To glorify God and enjoy Him forever. next question: Q. How may … Continue reading

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What are you thinking?

I’ve read about a scientist who went upstairs to change for a dinner party. When the guests arrived, his wife went looking for him and found fast asleep. He said: “I found myself upstairs, with my tie in my right … Continue reading

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Great doubt

Some would say it is encouraged in zen: great doubt supposedly leads to great enlightenment. Take Hakuin’s word for it. Or don’t. That is equally fine with me. The trouble is that you are always encouraged to doubt within the … Continue reading

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Doing nothing

Wei wu wei It’s a taoist concept, translated as the action of nonaction. Lao Tzu describes it: “Thus, the wise man deals with things through wu-wei and teaches through no-words. The ten thousand things flourish without interruption. They grow by … Continue reading

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