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The Stream of Life

“Poker at its core is a game. In a way, the skilled poker player extends their hand to the entire game. When another player discards, this is just as valuable information as their own draw. There is less of a line between their own actions and the actions of the other players, they are of equal importance.”

The Present Moment

Many of us see time like a film scrolling “present moment” images at the speed of light. The issue lies with mistaking the present moment with the image in it. When seen this way, we can remember these moments and really feel it is somehow another moment than the current one. While watching television, we don’t say it’s a new screen when someone changes the channel.

Where Does Our Philosophical Authority Lie?

It could be argued that we have sort of been drugged into taking a view which benefits others than ourselves and we no longer have autonomy over our own minds. This is not the case however. The mind is beyond our understanding and we often take it for granted.

Koans: Riddles in the Zen Tradition

Zen koans often end with a perfectly ridiculous resolution to a problem accompanied by, hopefully, the unexpected awakening of a monk. Don’t we all love a nice wholesome happy ending?

Prayer Through Action

We acknowledge that we have to meet life half-way. It is unconscious by means that this “half-way” we give, is merely our every day life, and nothing special. It is only in hind-sight that we realize there was another half also working with us which we did not take part in. Which is what makes it special.

A Brief Look at Descartes’ “Cogito”

There are many snippets in Descartes’ “Meditations” but his crown jewel is primarily the cogito. The cogito has been a topic of debate a lot as of recent, especially by those with an interest in undermining previous philosophical authorities such as Descartes.

Dimensional Realization

When I envision dimensional understanding I think of a new level or viewpoint. In particular, a transformation of the way in which we see. Previously there was a contradiction where now it can held in hands which can hold it in a way which is not problematic and both sides are able to be seen.

Is Death Bad For You?

We can’t imagine what non-existence is like. Blackness forever is a representation of the limit of our imagination. Even still, there are other ways to think about death because not everyone agrees that we no longer exist.

Reincarnation In This Life

Whether or not the soul ends at nirvana is unclear and the Buddha himself would probably deny to answer such a question. Here however we’re going to entertain a different view of lives, one in which you’re likely aware of and have had experience of many lives already.

Why We Do Philosophy

Curiosity is a great quality to have in philosophy. It may have killed the cat, but it absolutely gave birth to the philosopher. Curiosity is an ever-open ended question with everything we don’t know. Just the knowledge that we don’t know everything is the greatest curiosity. It is a positive affirmation of an acknowledged negative and it is enlivening and instills wonder in our lives. It is one thing to not know something, but it is quite another to be aware that you don’t know.