“Red Is the Salt of Color,” or, Why I Love the Short, Powerful Observation of the Aphorism. – Happiness Article

I love aphorisms, proverbs, koans, paradoxes, fables, and teaching stories. Lately I’ve been spent a lot of time thinking and reading about aphorisms. Now, what exactly is an “aphorism?” As with just about everything, people argue about definitions. Aphorism expert (yes, such an expertise exists) James Geary argues for “FIVE LAWS OF THE APHORISM: It Must Be Brief, It Must Be Personal, It Must Be Definitive, It Must Be Philosophical, and It Must Have a Twist.” Here’s how I define…

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How to Look at a Wall – Meditation Article

Zen teacher Karen Maezen Miller explain’s Bodhidharma’s famous practice of wall gazing. Photo by David Gabriel Fischer. “Would you like to learn to meditate now?” I asked this of a student as we neared the end of the meditation class. I was losing my patience. All morning long, she had raised philosophical questions and objections. She wanted to debate Buddhism and not practice it. Time was running out, and we’d barely begun. I kept trying to get back to the point,…

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