Monthly Archives: September 2020


Buddhist concepts have made their way into a lot of the posts I’ve written here.  Over the past few months, I have written three posts dealing directly with Buddhism as the main topic.  I have ideas for several others, too.  I therefore decided that I need to have a dedicated index page for Buddhist topics.  Some articles will still be cross-indexed elsewhere, but this will be a one-stop-shop for specifically Buddhist topics.

The Heart Sutra

The Dhammapada

An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

Confessions of a Pseudo-Buddhist

Which Yana?


Quote for the Week

What does winter or autumn or spring or summer know of memory. They know nothing of memory. They know that seasons pass and return. They know that they are seasons. That they are time. And they know how to affirm themselves. And they know how to impose themselves. And they know how to maintain themselves. What does autumn know of summer. What sorrows do seasons have. None hate. None love. They just pass.

–Giannina Braschi, Empire of Dreams, 1988; courtesy of Wikiquote.

Lou Bega for the Weekend

Quote for the Week

We men have one book in common which points to God. Each has it within himself, which is the priceless Name of God. Its letters are the flames of His love, which He out of His heart in the priceless Name of Jesus has revealed in us. Read these letters in your hearts and spirits and you have books enough. All the writings of the children of God direct you unto that one book, for therein lie all the treasures of wisdom. … This book is Christ in you.

–Jacob Boehme, Explaining his symbol of the Tetragrammaton within the human heart, in Libri Apologetici (1730), Book I, as quoted in The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928) by Manly P. Hall, “The Human Body in Symbolism”; courtesy of Wikiquote.

Classic Fiona Apple for the Weekend

Quote for the Week

When you come down to it, has there ever been a genuine polytheism? Even Homer supposes a sort of fundamental unity of the divine that permits the gods to identify themselves as gods, even when they dwell far from one another (Odyssey 5.79ff). What the [monotheistic] revelations bring is, rather, the end of a “cosmotheism” that makes no radical distinction between the divine and the physical.

–Rémi Brague, interviewed by Christophe Cervellon and Kristell Trego, from Rémi Brague, The Legend of the Middle Ages, University of Chicago Press, 2009, pp. 1–22; courtesy of Wikiquote.

Ariana Grande for the Wekend

Music for Labor Day

Quote for the Week

History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.

–Martin Luther King Jr.,Speaking to the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) on Dec. 11, 1961 Source: Now Is the Time. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Labor in the South: The Case for a Coalition. Booklet prepared by the Southern Labor Institute under the auspices of the Labor Subcommittee of the King Holiday Commission, designed by the AFT and printed by AFSCME. January 1986; courtesy of Wikiquote.

Some Jazz for the Weekend