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The Silent Sadhu

2022-04-08T16:49:38-07:00March 20th, 2022|Climb the Joyous Mountain|

The lengthening twilight seemed almost interminable as the old car plowed along the dismal roads east of Baroda. Indian sunsets are particularly spectacular where there is flat country and few trees or buildings to break [...]

Chinese Taoists

2022-02-08T19:12:43-08:00January 26th, 2022|Climb the Joyous Mountain|

There is a profound difference between the life-negating pessimism of traditional Indian Buddhism and the life-prolonging, immortality-seeking attitude of Chinese Taoists. The Indian Buddhist sees the world as a place of complete impermanence, a [...]

Who Am I?

2021-11-07T16:30:06-08:00November 3rd, 2021|Climb the Joyous Mountain|

Not all religious seekers find Ultimate answers. Some do, some don’t. I’d like to deal with both here. Rabindranath Tagore, the great 20th century poet of India who often wrote in English, expressed bewilderment [...]

Provincialism

2021-10-18T08:01:27-07:00September 28th, 2021|Climb the Joyous Mountain|

Provincialism seems to be the most universal characteristic among human beings; it even seems to supplant greed for the number one spot. It isn’t that we each think ours is the best way of [...]

Pyramid Poetry

2021-10-18T08:01:34-07:00April 30th, 2021|Climb the Joyous Mountain|

Haiku, the Japanese 17-syllable poems, have become exceedingly popular in the West. Many translations (some in rhyme and some not) of Basho, Buson, Issa, and other poets have appeared. Frequently, Westerners have attempted to [...]

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