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Climb the Joyous Mountain

Who Am I?

2019-08-13T12:11:16-07:00February 5th, 2020|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

2020-01-06T22:01:32-08:00December 27th, 2019|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 [...]

Chinese Taoists

2019-08-13T12:19:20-07:00November 5th, 2019|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 [...]

Pyramid Poetry

2019-10-02T23:03:19-07:00September 6th, 2019|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 [...]

Wabi-Sabi

2019-08-13T12:29:53-07:00May 15th, 2019|Climb the Joyous Mountain|

To understand Japanese culture, one must know something of the wabi-sabi concept. The Japanese sense of beauty, unlike some of the elaborately embellished Chinese manifestations, usually relies on delicate understatement. What is left out [...]

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