Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Spirit inside of you


The spirit inside
is greater than the sky  
positive energy spreads 
it's obvious, all around
you already know
no need to know the path
feel the spirit inside 
it will take you there

Friday, June 29, 2018

Hsin Hsin Ming (Verses on the Faith Mind)



Xinxin Ming, Faith in mind, is a poem attributed to the Third Chinese Chán Patriarch Jianzhi Sengcan 鑑智僧璨 and one of the earliest Chinese Chan expressions of the Buddhist mind training practice. Wikipedia

Thursday, June 28, 2018

3 x 3 Meditation Practice



3 x 3 Meditation Practice

It's not in the books. It's in our hearts.
Spend 3 minutes, 3 times a day, in stillness. 
A total of nine minutes.
Doing this practice connects you back to 
being more-here-now as you live your whole life.
Pay attention to the "in and out breaths".
Watch the mind for three minutes without judgement.
Morning, early afternoon, and early evening;
or, just whenever. There are no fixed rules here.
Do this practice without judging how well you did;
a subtle and beautiful transformation will dawn.



Monday, June 25, 2018

Grandpa on Judaism


“In our religion we are not confined to many rituals.  That’s the basic part of our belief – that every man should have the freedom to face God in  his own way.”
                                    -Samuel Shavelson

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Become comfortable with being lost

Friday, June 08, 2018

Sunday Song of Love’s Longing Found


A Sunday Song of Love’s Longing Found

I was awakened this morning
By the music of a bird
Singing his heart out
For his love.

Recalling in me
The pinging sound
Of water meeting stone,
As the stream sparkles
Countless twinkling little sunbursts,
Reflecting the one sun.

Recalling then
The sky’s stars
Flickering in the bright night;
Suns for other planets’ days,
Shine,
Form a line
In our sight—
“Orion’s Belt,”
“Little Dipper,”
We say
With delight.

Then,
The joining of my heart
With my love;
Two shining as one,
Bursting with light
Equal to
The sun.
             *   *   *  
The miracles of life
Abound
In the Love that is expressed
All around,
And so are more
Abiding
And profound
Than the entire
Grief
Of all the human-folly driven
Dying
Of this planet we call
“Earth”;
The place of our singing
And our crying,
Our loving
And our shining.

For Love is absolute.
It permeates the Universe,
Saturates all existence's manifestations,
Is what we all are.
                      (Diane 2/10/13)

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Global Brain


Everything is related to everything else. We know this by intuition, by listening and feeling deeply. We also intuit this via cyclic revolutions of electronic communications such as the internet, radio, television, etc. The world's "growing" a collective global brain to augment our biological heritage. 


Where is all this going? We don't know. We are "cells" of human life plunging into a great mystery. 

Image from The Social Superorganism and its Global Brain: http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/suporgli.html.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

What sound will the universe make When it dies?


What sound will the universe make
When it dies?
Will it crumble and crack,
Or let out a sigh?

Will it summon tears tragic?
Or at peace with the matter
Sit silent in thought
Or exude cosmic laughter?

How will we know if
The universe bursts?
Are we its sole conscience
Bound to one tiny earth?

These things
These things
The coyote sings
In the deep of the meadow
So lonely for spring

Will we ever know if
There's none left to wonder?
When atoms shake naked
Under skies torn asunder

How will we know when
The sage is withholding?
In the deep of the meadow
A flower unfolding




-Rich Pauloo

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Salutation of the Dawn


Salutation of the Dawn *

Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life,
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:

The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendor of beauty,
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow only a vision,
But today well lived makes every yesterday
a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation of the dawn.

Kalidasa (2500 BC Sanskrit)

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Nina Simone - Ain't Got No, I Got Life

Nina Simone singing from the soul. Everyone is born with everything they need.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Pete Seeger - "Forever Young"

I love this video - Pete Seeger, the old one, singing "Forever Young" with young people. So beautiful!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

All Life is Meditation

A lightly guided meditation for your day.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Best Meditation Teachings



The best meditation teachings are simple and direct. 
They act as anchors for the mind. 
And, do not give the ego much to chew on.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

E.E. Cummings "I Thank You God For This Most Amazing Day"

We don't need to believe in God, to feel moved by the joy of these words.


I'm thankful E.E Cummings lived, wrote, recited & recorded this poem.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Imagine - John Lennon

A classic inter-generational song of peace and unity..

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Presencing


Presencing 

Presencing is our natural ground state. Union with Being itself. There is no mystery about it. As easy as taking a deep breath and letting go when it's time. Every moment is meditation. I call it presencing to emphasize that is it a process, a verb, a doing not-doing. So beautiful so easy and natural.  

Sometimes the pain of existence is too much. So we try to forget our bring here. Don't believe it - we cannot go away. We are condemned to consciousness now and forever. Some times raging in pain, we forget that that's also being here, being-meditation. Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and Limbo are all part of the show. No one promised us an eternal bowl of cherries. The Kingdom of God is always with us. But sometimes we must wait and suffer.
    Presencing can also be called "meditation practice". We practice meditation in order to train our mind, to sharpen attention to the constantly emerging inner monologue that goes on inside of us; this is mostly meaningless babel - but it's our babel. We many even notice what we are doing. We keep unconsciously reinforcing our own thought patterns. Confirming back to ourselves what we assume is true of ourselves. 
    What if we lie to ourselves? How can we tell? Perform self observation. Look for the ego. What is ego? Ego is like a cell wall that defines "inside and outside". Become friends with our own limits - a journey toward freedom begins. 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018

an empty vessel



an empty vessel
boundless space
a blanket of stars
deep self within 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Time is not real


"Time is not real - only Love is real". 
At first this seems crazy to say, 
but if we look deeply into it
the truth is apparent.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Philosophy in My Life


In my last year at the University of California at Irvine, I switched majors from biology to philosophy. Friends asked me, "What good is philosophy?" What they really meant was, "Can you make any money at it?"

I knew people with lots of money, but little meaning in their lives. They seemed to be lost in games and pastimes. They worked without questioning the purpose or value of their work. I was interested in meaning, not money, but the people around me didn't share my feeling. Most of them believed that only money was real.

In my search for meaning, I first turned to the study of logic, mathematics, and science. In my teenage years I encountered logical positivism. Logical positivism was an early 20th Century school of philosophy that claimed all the grand questions of traditional philosophy were meaningless. Questions like "What is the meaning of life?" or "Is there a God?" were meaningless, logical positivists asserted, because the answers cannot be verified. But questions like "Does the moon have an opposite side?" are meaningful because we can construct tests to prove or disprove any answer. We can build a rocket to the moon. But how can we verify the meaning of life, or the existence of God? The logical positivists saw no true/false test for these matters.

Of course, just because we can't prove or disprove God's existence doesn't mean He doesn't exist! Logical positivism lost its hold on me while I was a graduate student at San Francisco State University in 1970. I was moving toward 'meaningless' questions like: Why is there something rather than nothing? What is the purpose of life? Why is there evil in the world? Then I discovered Buddhism and other ancient spiritual traditions that addressed such questions. I was beginning to find real philosophy.

Philosophy is not a word game. It is, as Plato explained, the "love of wisdom". Few students get to study real philosophy at college. Philosophizing is an extraordinary act. It requires re-thinking issues at the most fundamental level -- right down to questions of being. One winds up asking simple-sounding, childlike questions like "What is real?"

The world is adrift, without meaning. That is why so many become victims of political ideologies and extreme religious viewpoints that offer a sense of meaning at the expense of compassion, truth, and justice.

All the really amazing jobs I've held came from my grounding in philosophy. I became a computer programmer because my boss assumed that philosophy made one logical. I got promotions to higher levels of responsibility because I saw the "big picture" in the organizations I worked for. One day I found myself the acting CEO of several small technology companies in trouble. Why? Because my philosophical perspective gave me a high tolerance for ambiguity, which allowed me to go into unknown and almost unknowable situations again and again. So yes -- philosophy can help you make money. But meaning, understanding, and wisdom are the real payoffs.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Rituals

Rituals allow
life to feel 
safe in an
uncertain 
world

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Monday, April 09, 2018

Every day, every hour


Every day, every hour,
the unexpected shows up
regardless of how well
planned our day.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

How long will we live?


How long will we live?
How well will we be?
Telling stories,
that never happen.

Live with uncertainty.
That's reality. 

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Settling Down


Settling down is the great work of giving life meaning. It's also the great work of getting up in the morning and clearing the mind for the day's work. In my case it is writing these notes and publishing a blog entry. Humble but meaningful to my soul. I live in the way that I must - so as to be real to the self. What else can I do? 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Meditation Q & A at UC Berkeley - April 1, 2015

Question and answer period after 20 minutes of meditation. The students asked remarkable questions. A pure joy to respond to them from the heart. It was more about life than just meditation. The sound quality is poor, but you still can hear the remarkable inspiring questions.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Panentheism

The following in a fascinating article from Wikipedia:
Panentheism (meaning "all-in-God", from the Ancient Greek πᾶν pân, "all", ἐν en, "in" and Θεός Theós, "God")[1] is the belief that the divine pervades and interpenetrates every part of the universe and also extends beyond time and space. The term was coined by the German philosopher Karl Krause in 1828 to distinguish the ideas of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel(1770–1831) and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775–1854) about the relation of God and the universe from the supposed pantheism of Baruch Spinoza.[1] Unlike pantheism, which holds that the divine and the universe are identical,[2] panentheism maintains an ontological distinction between the divine and the non-divine and the significance of both.
  • In panentheism, God is viewed as the soul of the universe, the universal spirit present everywhere, which at the same time "transcends" all things created.
  • While pantheism asserts that "all is God", panentheism claims that God is greater than the universe. Some versions of panentheism suggest that the universe is nothing more than the manifestation of God. In addition, some forms indicate that the universe is contained within God,[2] like in the Kabbalah concept of tzimtzum. Also much Hindu thought – and consequently Buddhist philosophy – is highly characterized by panentheism and pantheism.[3][4] The basic tradition however, on which Krause's concept was built, seems to have been Neoplatonic philosophy and its successors in Western philosophy and Orthodox theology.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Stars


Stars are openings of light in the night of life

I had a “girlfriend” in the first grade. She was an outcast like myself. She had golden hair, my hair was dark brown. She always looked dreamy and spaced out. Kids made fun of her. She carried a little book that began with a picture of a star. She said, “We came from there”. Looking back, I now feel that she knew something important.
Indeed, we do come from the stars. The elements that support life where not there at the beginning of the Universe; but had to be “cooked” in the vaults of earlier stars that created heavier elements such as carbon and oxygen. These stars exploded and later new stars came into being that already had these elements build upon. So we come from second, third, and perhaps fourth generation stars. We are star stuff.
We can’t be certain about what happened way back when it all began. The best we can come up is theory and poetry. So we say, “God created …” not really knowing what God is, because it is all beyond our deep understanding. Just go into deep silence and stillness several times a day, to feel for the source of all that is.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Dancing Star

“I say unto you: one must still have chaos in oneself 
to be able to give birth to a dancing star. 
I say unto you: you still have chaos in yourselves.” 

-- Friedrich Nietzsche

Chaos is the window of freedom within us. Many will tell you that no freedom is opposable unless your mind is discipled and controlled. Yet, if that was the absolute case, there would be little or no room for surprises. 
A disciplined mind is robotic, like a computer program running its course toward predefined type of solution. The creative genius surprises herself by creating the unexpected as they go along. They don’t know where their thoughts and ideas are taking them. 
 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mahamudra Teaching


Gazing intently into the empty sky, vision ceases;
Likewise, when mind gazes into mind itself,
The train of discursive and conceptual thought ends
And supreme enlightenment is gained.

Like the morning mist that dissolves into thin air,
Going nowhere but ceasing to be,
Waves of conceptualization, all the mind's creation, dissolve,
When you behold your mind's true nature.

Pure space has neither colour nor shape
And it cannot be stained either black or white;
So also, mind's essence is beyond both colour and shape
And it cannot be sullied by black or white deeds.

The darkness of a thousand aeons is powerless
To dim the crystal clarity of the sun's heart;
And likewise, aeons of samsara have no power
To veil the clear light of the mind's essence.

Tilopa's Mahamudra Teaching to Naropa

Friday, March 16, 2018

Maze of Life



We are all lost in the maze of life. There is no way out except death. In the meantime, the issue is to live as well as possible. It takes courage to stay awake for the greatest show on earth: our own lives. Staying awake is the key to life more abundant. Everyday, grab hold of moments of stillness and quiet. Let the stillness seep in slowly until arriving at deep stillness. Suddenly, one may hear white noise in the the ears. Awareness of the body becomes more obvious. It’s different each time. That is part of the wonder of being-here-now. Relax deeply into It, there’s no other place we need be. Just here and now complete with forces of distraction all around! You become stillness!        
                                               ~  americ@well.com

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Years upon years spent



Years upon years spent
regaining paradise lost
You and I become
here-now
Home at last


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Without Opening Your Door


Without opening your door,
you can open your heart to the world.
Without looking out your window,
you can see the essence of the Tao.

The more you know,
the less you understand.

The Master arrives without leaving,
sees the light without looking,
achieves without doing a thing.

Tao Te Ching #47
Stephen Mitchell, translator

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

What is Consciousness?

Proceedings of the Consciousness Study Group. Recorded on Oct. 10, 2012, shortly after Meditation class. Seven of us present.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Collection of Audio Teachings

One SoundCloud system user collected many of my audio teachings into a single page on the Internet Archive. Quite amazing format!!! Everything is untitled. I recommend sampling at random. I  speak spontaneously as intuition informs me. Explore randomly, as if flipping the pages of a book at random. Live link: archive.org/details/Americ_Collected_20171027

Friday, March 02, 2018

Wonder and Mystery


We are so fortunate to be alive and conscious. 
Awareness is the cream of the universe. 
Feel the wonder and mystery. 
Rise above the tasks of the day.

Image result for sky images 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Gaps Between Thoughts

Guided Meditation
Watching for gaps between thoughts -
a way into meditation. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

I Wandered Lovely as a Cloud


I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

What's the meaning of life? (Michael Nagler, Alexander, & Martin)


Every answer to the question "What is the meaning of life?" is radically different from person to person. This group begins with Michael Nagler who is Professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1966, and where he founded the Peace and Conflict Studies department. Next is Alexander who is in grade school and is seven and a half years old. Finally, we have Martin who is a Senior at UC Berkeley.
LISTEN to "Meaning of Life - Part 2" (1.18 mb; time 05:11)
Audio production by Lynette Webb. Image from Almeida Cartoons.


Monday, February 19, 2018

With what do we buy our money?


With what do we buy our money? Many years ago, I was giving a talk on wisdom in the world. At the end of the talk, I was approached by an old man. He came up to me and said, "I want to ask you a question." I said, "What's that?" He said, "With what do you buy your money?" I thought about it for a minute, and said, "With your life, of course." He said, "You're right, and I wish I had known that when I was much younger. For all my life, I worked for money. I put all my time into working for money that I thought I would enjoy later on."
He explained that he just never thought about anything else except working to save money, to put money away, to plan for the future. And the future had arrived, and here he was, an old man. And he expressed that he had a sense of bitterness about that, that he hadn't achieved an earlier understanding about the importance of living life, and that he had indeed bought his money with his life.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Philosopher-At-Large Poster


Gratitude for all the viewers of
Philosopher-at-Large Blog


Image of a paperposter placed on 
local bulletin boards
many years ago

Friday, February 16, 2018

You who where given a life


You who where given a life, 
   what did you make of it?
 Forrest Gander 
 Poetry - December 2017

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Rorschach Test

How can you see red and feel blue but be called crazy when you taste green?

Showing up ...


Showing up for our lives is the essence of meditation. No "practice" is needed. Arriving into the here and now. Difficult to face reality; often running away into day dreams and other distractions. Too much work and play to do. What if today is "last day of our life"? Is this the life we wanted? Awe and wonder is in order. Be like little children. Feel the magic of this moment. Now! 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


You cant find it in a box of chocolates. Cant find it in a rose.
Cant find it at a fancy dinner, even in brand new clothes.
You cant find it in a yacht on a trip to rome.
If you find it you cant touch it but you can always bring it home.

You can find it at a funeral. Can find it in a smile.
Can find it in a triathlon runner in his final mile.
You can find it at a wedding and a childs graduation too.
If youve found it then you know it because its always inside of you.

...i guess that means

You can find it in those chocolates and in that gorgeous rose!
Its in a shared look at dinner in those spiffy clothes!
Its even in the ocean floating with that yacht to rome!
You can never lose it, for it will always be your home.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

Cardiogram

It's been so long, I can't remember the sound of your beat. Every time I've caught a glimpse of you and began to feel your welcoming embrace, I've savagely tore away. I wanted to suffer, can't you see? I didn't want to come back and have to look at myself, look at what I had become without you.

I'm tired of running and avoiding my truth, I want to feel your beat again.

Today, I walk into your open arms full of love and forgiveness. I don't want to suffer anymore. I want to be free to live in the light. I will settle into the innocence I've searched for everywhere, everywhere but inside.

There it is.
I know that sound.
I've found our beat again.


If - by Rudyard Kipling




If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Friday, February 09, 2018

Turn! Turn! Turn!


Turn! Turn! Turn!
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven
A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven
A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven
A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it's not too late
Songwriters: Peter Seeger
Turn! Turn! Turn! lyrics © T.R.O. Inc.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Precious Moments


The current moments of our lives are so precious. I savor every moment of each day as best I can. All too soon - the last moment before Eternity.

                                                     -- Note to a friend on a post card.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Today's Destiny

Today! You have an appointment with destiny. The idea of destiny suggests some future great event that will happen to us. For a young person, perhaps, the day of meeting the love of their life; a mature person, the day a grandchild is born. Or, for a whole culture, the day the world ends. Destiny, however, is nothing greater than the meeting of the present with the future. When does that happen? That’s right now as the present meets the future – today. We don’t know when we’ll die. We can’t assume waiting for destiny as some “big event”; but, feeling totally present, today itself is a big event.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Word of God

Many of us can’t believe in God. 
The word of God is not 
what we “think” it is. 
God’s “words” are felt directly. 
If we use human words, 
the meaning is lost
 in human thoughts. 
In truth there are no words,
only a feeling of presence.
Be silent and know.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Beginner's Mind


Return again and again to where your feet stand; feeling the Earth support you. Return, again and again, to the simple all day long. The present is simple. Running away into the future and past makes it complex. Some people make their spirituality very complex; running through endless hoops in search of enlightenment. Jesus said, “Become as little children again.” Learn to be simple without effort or complexity, constantly surrendered to what is. Our home town, our home base, our own body and mind - it's the best place for developing deep beginner's mind. It’s easy to have "beginner's mind" visiting places with different customs and languages. Mastery, however, is having beginner's mind in our home towns. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Best Leaders


The best leaders are those who don't need to be leaders, they can gracefully step down when their work is done.  Woe, to those leaders (along with their followers) who can't let go when their work is done – for only revolution can dispose of them.   

Friday, January 19, 2018

He Who Has a Why - poem by Richard Pauloo


he who has a why
to live
can bear
almost any how

were the words of a man
now gone but
his words not

does thought give us a why?
or is it feeling?
or both?
can I  know why
and is my feeling really mine?
they are embers
unpredictable
glowing hot now
though cold
in the morning

what is the I?
can I see it?

not thought
not feeling
but something still
within

two tides collide
the short breath of fear
the long breath of calm
my breath settles me

out of sight
but visible everywhere
out of touch
but touching everything
inaudible
yet it rings like a chorus right now!
without taste
but so flavorful
the last undiscovered spice!

many more senses fail to measure it
many more thoughts are its children

the why to live is
to know oneself

the how to why
is to love
is to listen
is found
where only moving air
resides

    ~~~ Richard Pauloo