A friend asked me to go to New Orleans a couple of months ago. I said no. She was going there for a convention, and we could split the convention hotel rate the week before. I checked the hotels in the area. It was a great rate. I said no. I had always wanted to visit New Orleans. I said no. I checked into the airfare: $220 roundtrip non-stop. I said no…
Tom Campbell, a professional physicist, has worked on some of the most complex military systems in the U.S. arsenal. Since the early 1970s, he has also been at the forefront of a movement to shift the study of consciousness from the periphery to the center of modern scientific inquiry. His “theory of everything,” which he develops at length in his book “My Big TOE”, encompasses not just the foundation of individual experience but also phenomena like spiritual healing and remote viewing.
While driving home I encounter a bad thunderstorm. We have these storms almost every day during the summer here in south Louisiana. The sky opens up and the downpour ensues. Driving can be quite a challenge, as everyone seems to react to the conditions differently. Some people drive too slow, others too fast. It can […]
Listen to excerpts from Dr. Robert Lanza’s talk at the Hazy Moon Zen Center. “Einsteinian orthodoxy is a diversion from what science is about, which is to help us understand our experience. When we realize that space and time are simply tools of consciousness, we also realize, quite literally, that we’re sitting on top of […]
A cover story on Robert Lanza in U.S. News and World Report summarized his remarkable life with these words:“[He] is the living embodiment of the character played by Matt Damon in the movie ‘Good Will Hunting.’ Growing up underprivileged in Stoughton, Mass., south of Boston, the young preteen caught the attention of Harvard Medical School […]
In this essay on the relationship between mathematics and Zen, Ralph Shikan Levinson draws on some of the fundamentals of geometry, particularly the quality of symmetry, as a way to interpret the identity of relative and absolute. He then applies some of his ideas to an appreciation of Zen poetry and art, particularly the work of Sengai Gibon (1750-1838).
Nyogen Roshi sent me a New York Times article that he thought I would like: “A Black Hole Mystery Wrapped in a Firewall Paradox.” Leonard Susskind, a theoretical physicist and educator whose work I enjoy, had offered comments on the article. There were also references to the iconic physicist and intellectual provocateur Stephen Hawking, and […]
Here’s how the script went. Loving doggie mama sees her boy through his final years with compassion and patience and lovingkindness. (She is a Buddhist, after all). She soothes his fears (she knows him so well), gently cares for him as he drifts into that dark night and makes the right decision when the time […]
NUMBER 10: It’s so time-consuming. For a lot of people this is an obstacle to establishing a practice. We have so many conflicting commitments: partner, family, career, interests. I too used to have lots of people and ideas and projects competing for my attention – I was quite frenetic and scattered. But one day a big […]
He was maybe in his 70’s—out of shape, but not so out of shape that he couldn’t cradle a large, limp dog in his arms. I was coming off the dog beach near my house and he was just stepping onto it. The dog’s head hung over the man’s arm. There was a towel, in […]
When I first arrived at the Hazy Moon early last July, the summer training period had already been going on for 60 days; the samadhi hung thick in the air. From that moment through the end of ango, the word “luxury” kept coming to mind. It seemed luxurious to be able to stay at the […]
I want to thank Roshi for assigning this talk – it definitely grounded me to focus on this talk. And while love knows no comparison, I have noticed that each time I have been assigned a talk my preparation has been different – most notably in that I am less anxious. I thought that that […]