Announcing the forthcoming publication of ARCHIPELAGO Issue One, available Summer 2007
ARCHIPELAGO is to be a literary magazine in the ordinary sense, in that it will contain writings in non-fictional prose, and verse. Extraordinary will be its preoccupations with landscape, with documentary and remembrance, with wilderness and wet, with natural and cultural histories, with language and languages, with the littoral and vestigial, the geological, and topographical, with climates, in terms of both meteorology, ecology and environment; and all these things as metaphor, liminal and subliminal, at the margins, in the unnameable constellation of islands on the Eastern Atlantic coast, known variously in other millennia as Britain, Great Britain, Britain and Ireland etc; even, too, too readily, the United Kingdom (including the North of partitioned Ireland), though no such thing ever existed, other than in extremis during wartime, but in the letter. But while the unnameable archipelago is its subject, its vision is by implication global, and its concerns with the state of the planet could not be more of the hour.
A Very Short Introduction to the Revolutionary Integral Approach to Life, God, the Universe, and Everything
By Ken Wilber
Paperback original / Shambhala Publications / 232 pages / 5 1/2 x 7
ISBN 978-1-59030-475-4 / August 2007
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Reviews of The Integral Vision
“Philosopher, psychologist, and mystic Wilber delivers on the subtitle’s far-reaching promise. . . . Chock full of handsome illustrations and spare, Zen-like diagrams and tables, Wilber’s work here is still accessible and at times surprisingly practical. Some language spirals up majestically, recalling great Eastern texts. Reminiscent in spirit and watershed import of Ram Dass’s Be Here Now, Wilber may well have created a popular classic for explorers on the frontiers of humanity.”—Publishers Weekly
“…and if you’re wondering whether or not you’re a Buddhist Geek (”Geek” here does not refer to computer geeks. We use geek to describe someone who is passionate about and dedicated to some particular activity), we would say that the safest way to find out would be to look at your bookshelf and/or your friends. Oddly, they tend to reveal a lot! For us, a Buddhist Geek is someone who is intimately involved with Buddhist theory and practice, and who has a certain connection to the Buddhist tradition.Stepping back for a moment, we’re also hoping to stimulate and be stimulated by the emerging Buddhoblogosphere, and in the spirit of Freedom of which the Buddha so clearly taught, our greatest desire is that this material be of direct benefit to the continued awakening of all seekers of the way.” Continue reading
Zen and the Art of Poetics
…a language that helps you to remove concepts
Talking about poetry, different modalities and Keat’s Negative Capabilities; Thich Nhat Hanh talks about the limitations of language, and the use of a different language in Zen. He talks of a language that is not made of concepts, a language that helps you to remove concepts.
Words cannot express things;
Speech does not convey the spirit.
Swayed by words, one is lost;
Blocked by phrases, one is bewildered.
Two Zen Classics: Mumonkan & Hekiganroku, p. 110
Translated with commentaries by Katsuki Sekida
He goes on to say that that from time to time he uses such language himself, and he relates that famous example of when he was in Philadelphia in 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War, the only Buddhist monk at an anti-war demo. A reporter asked him if he was the North or South of Vietnam, so if he says the North, he is anti-American, if he says the South he is with the Liberation Front aligned with the North, or he is betraying the cause of anti-communism. These were the two boxes he was given to ‘check’ as he puts it, tick.
As he steps masterfully between the horns of the dilemma he announces; ” Gentlemen, I am from the Centre!” . Bulls eye! I hear a gentle hint of humour in his voice as he says this, but this may just be my search image. Sweet as. He then unpacks that statement a little saying how he wonders if the reporter is intelligent he will ponder this and will he enquire about the way of reconciliation, transcending the conflict, considering both parties as one?
“Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darueber muss man schweigen” Whereof we cannot speak, we must pass over in silence…
Wittgenstein, Tractatus, 85
Noble Silence Deep Silence
Thich Nhat Hanh, discusses a couple of time when the Buddha observes noble silence, ‘deep silence’ as he puts it. A learned philosopher comes and asks many, many questions. (This guy reminds me of the American professor In Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. Reps and Nyogen Senzaki, who are the transcribers, begin with that famous tale of Zen master Nan-in overflowing a visiting professor’s tea cup to illustrate how filled the professor is with himself, so filled he cannot learn anything new.) He asks about the doctrine of no- self and this and that. After he finally leaves, frustrated, Ananada opines that the Buddha had taught them the doctrine of no-self and why had he not confirmed this. The Buddha said he did his best to protect the philosopher from wrong views.
Another time an ascetic comes before the Buddha and asks about ultimate reality, again the Buddha observes deep noble silence. Silence, dog barking in the distant village, a slight breeze ruffles the leaves of the trees, the moon rises and sets. After a very long time the ascetic finally satisfied does dundapranam, lying out completely before the Buddha, three times… and makes an offering of fruit for the teachings. After his departure Ananda is astounded and says, he respects you alot. The Buddha replied with a twinkle in his eye ” Ananda with a good horse you do not need a whip.”
The Very Best Of ‘Buddhist Blogging’ The Blogisattva Nominations
The nominees in 21 categories are …
Blog of the year, Svaha!; 7 nominees; [Blog, Blogger]: