Changes…

I’ve made a few changes to the site settings, so there’s no way to become a registered user, so you can’t comment unless you were already registered. If you were already registered, should still be able to log in… I think. — There’s a lot of spam out there, and it’s annoying. Spammers should go away. If you seriously want to read this blog or the book and it’s difficult, just email me and we’ll work it out. I’d love Continue Reading ››

The culture of war

From Chris Hedges, who has seen much war: The culture of war banishes the capacity for pity. It glorifies self-sacrifice and death. It sees pain, ritual humiliation and violence as part of an initiation into manhood. Brutal hazing, as Kyle noted in his book, was an integral part of becoming a Navy SEAL. New SEALs would be held down and choked by senior members of the platoon until they passed out. The culture of war idealizes only the warrior. It Continue Reading ››

Lojong #11: When the world is filled with evil, transform all mishaps into the path of bodhi

POINT 3, TRANSFORMATION OF BAD CIRCUMSTANCES INTO THE PATH – BUILDING THE PARAMITAS OF PATIENCE & GENEROSITY…. Whatever occurs in your life can be transformed into a part of your wakefulness. The way to do this is to incorporate the obstacles, the distractions, the difficulties… make them the substance of your practice. Whatever is hardest for you is the thing from which you can benefit most…

Another year away…

Just visiting the blog site – a rare event, as I am so busy most of the time – and noticed that it’s been one year and one day since I last posted. Wish I could say that I have some great and profound realization to share from this year of contemplation, but it seems the things I was saying then are yet true. The self is my undoing, the attachment to its successes and failures my torment, and the Continue Reading ››

Testing…

I’m posting a Page with no password to see if it’s a problem… it’s listed as Test Page. If you can’t get to the test page, then your problem is not the password. If you can, but can’t get to the others, you’re doing something wrong with the password. (It has no caps, spaces, or punctuation.)

Welcome

Welcome. The journey may be rocky, but we’re all in this wagon together. This is a vehicle for posting chapters of my book as they get written and edited. If you’re here to read, the chapters are posted as pages under the parent page “A War Journal” – the working title of my book. Thanks for making the effort, and I hope you find it interesting, perhaps even edifying. If you’re willing to make comments, I’d appreciate it. You need Continue Reading ››