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Happy Twentieth: Epicureans in the Lotus

As the world sadly witnessed the distress, powerlessness, and suffering of thousands of souls due to the recent hurricanes in North America, many men and women of God on social media encouraged others to “pray” for the victims. We have yet to see … Continue reading

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ERLS: On the Innumerable Worlds and on Communal Waves of Spiritual Progress

There’s a cosmological similarity between the spiritual world in which the Lotus Sutra takes place and the naturalist cosmology imagined by the early atomists, which includes a doctrine of innumerable worlds, with the Epicurean Gods dwelling in the regions between the … Continue reading

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Epicurean Reasonings on the Lotus Sutra: On Efficient Means

In our last blog, we spoke of the secret crux that the Buddhas face: how to awaken ordinary, undisciplined people to their “Buddha nature“, or to ataraxia. Here is where we must introduce upayas, which is usually translated as efficient … Continue reading

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My New Zafu: Towards an Epicurean Contemplative Practice

From the early writing of my piece for The Humanist titled Death and the Skeptic, through my explorations of Zen in Tending the Epicurean Garden (inspired, in part, by Sam Harris’ call for the development of a science of contemplation in … Continue reading

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