Category Archives: atheism

Easy Atheism

Quite a few people have written about their experiences with atheism. Some reports are funny, some are angry, many are triumphant, as if becoming an atheist takes you to the next level, makes you a better person, somehow. I would … Continue reading

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Jump into the river

In this blog, I want to explore the difference between meditating on the river bank and jumping into the river of life. an old friend I went for a walk with an old friend. Actually she has not been my … 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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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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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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