Tag Archives: wisdom

Zen and Faith

Face in the midst of full moon and clouds zen and faith

In Zen practice, there are three kinds of faith. First, there is ordinary, practical faith. I have faith that my bank will keep an accurate record of how much money I have in my account. I have faith that when I go through a green light, I won’t get broadsided by someone who didn’t stop at the red light on ... Read More »

Hot Cognition, Wu Wei, and Sincerely Not Trying

old man with long beard dreams of butterfly

A lot can be said for the Jedi approach. Forgo the mind tricks, but if you plug into the energy of life and let it carry you, creativity and other goodies tend to come along for the ride. So says Edward Slingerland in his new book, Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity, and so do a string of other writers and ... Read More »

Book Review: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Book Cover to the Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida literature on autism

This is an extraordinary book! When I try to describe it to people I get goose bumps and my eyes well up with tears. I cry almost every time I pick it up. The Reason I Jump has power, which comes from its authenticity as the first of its kind. The author, Naoki Higashida of Japan, is only thirteen years old. ... Read More »

The Wisdom of F#@k It!

slots machine that spell fuck it, one of the modern Zen koans

Last summer, while on a pilgrimage in Ireland, I wandered around the city of Cork.  The flavor of my inner life at the time was one of worry, losing control, with a few dashes of desperation. I went there after leaving a spiritual community; my relationship was in unknown territory, and I was broke. In such conditions my temperament and defense ... Read More »