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September 1, 2017

I recently listened to Very Bad Wizards' podcast "Clap Your Hand for Robert Wright" (aired Tuesday, July 25 2017). In that episode the hosts, David Pizarro and Tamler Somers mentioned several struggles they had with Buddhism. Their comments resonated strongly with me a...

August 17, 2017

“The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them” 
― Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy​

Los Angeles-based spiritual master George Falcon used to talk about what he called "the four principles in martial arts". They mak...

July 27, 2017

The movie, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, provides an excellent example of the meaning of one of my favorite expressions: "Wu Wu Wei."

The older woman, played by Michelle Yeoh, is comfortable using heavy weapons because her body has the strength and experience to handle...

July 6, 2017

The late Los Angeles-based spiritual teacher, George Falcon, used to talk about what he called The Seven Stages of Mastery.

The first stage is the Dysfunctional Stage. The motto of the dysfunctional person is “He, she or it did it to me” and he guarantees us that p...

June 21, 2017

 

The following are my Top 10 Reasons Not to Meditate (and why they're wrong). 

NUMBER ONE

I used to think that the spiritual path was a waste of time or a distraction from reality “out there” as conveyed to me by my senses. I used to think that the senses and this body w...

June 16, 2017

You often hear spiritual teachers talk about "waking up." This would imply that what we think of as our conscious experience of the real world is really just a dream. Once we have "woken up" to true reality, according to these awakened masters, we can experience the pe...

June 4, 2017

"Siddhartha's Brain" is a recent book by veteran science and medical journalist James Kingsland. (His blog, Plastic Brain is worth following.) His book weaves the story of the Buddha's life and core teachings together with a comprehensive review of the latest research...

May 26, 2017

What are the Four Noble Truths?

There are countless books, podcasts, and dharma talks devoted to this subject so I am not going to try to equal any of those. My goal is simply to provide a quick review so you have a basic understanding  of this profound teaching as cont...

May 18, 2017

I recently read Peter Wohlleben’s best-selling book, “The Hidden Life of Trees.” It turns out that trees do all sorts of extraordinary and almost human-like things (or maybe we should say humans do almost tree-like things?).

For example, they care for each other, have m...

May 5, 2017

Los Angeles-based spiritual teacher George Falcon would frequently use the term Grok and for a long time I wasn't sure exactly what he meant. Now that I see its importance in advancing towards self-mastery I thought I would provide a brief definition for those that wou...

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