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Old Buddha’s Gift, Part-2: Bodymind Re-ligation

A short selection from Essay Twenty-Eight in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. … to understand religion and to affirm it are not the same but almost exactly the opposite. —Merleau-Ponty (as interpreted by Remy C. Kwant) [1] Objectivity is an unavoidable, and indeed a wonderful, dimension of the human condition, but we can’t really …

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Old Buddha’s Gift, Part-1: the Body is Mind

A short selection from Essay Twenty-Seven in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. “If your cart doesn’t move,” [Dogen] asks, “is it better to prod the cart or to prod the horse (sic)” …everyone knows you should prod the horse … the secular world has plenty of ways to prod the horse [meaning the mind] …

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Young Buddha leaves Home, Part-3: Awakening to Old Buddha’s Gift—the Bodymind

A short selection from Essay Twenty-Six in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. It is by a mathematical point only that we are wise, as the sailor or the fugitive slave keeps the polestar in his eye; but that is sufficient guidance for all our life. We may not arrive at our port within a …

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Old Buddha Meets Young Buddha, Part-4: More Minutely Responsive means More ‘Evolved’.

A short selection from Essay Twenty-Three in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. I now want to show that there is ‘plenty’ of room [at the bottom] … The biological example of writing information on a small scale has inspired me … A biological system can be exceedingly small. Many of the cells are very …

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Two Buddhas Dance, Part-2: “Foresight”, Really?

A very short selection from Essay Twenty-Two in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. He moved very, very slowly and carefully. With the most slight and gentle movements, trying to catch at the sound he moved his head round what seemed like a billionth part of a billionth part of a degree, slipped behind a …

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Young Buddha at Home, Part-2: Three ‘Natural Truths’ that Horrify!

A short selection from Essay Twenty-One in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. —like one that on a lonesome road doth walk in fear and dread, and having once turned round walks on, and turns no more his head; because he knows, a frightful fiend doth close behind him tread. —Samuel Taylor Coleridge [1] Let’s …

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Young Buddha at Home, Part-1: Illusion is Our Birthright

A short selection from Essay Twenty in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. The man pulling radishes pointed the way with a radish —Haiku by Issa The wolf is tied by subtle threads to the woods he moves through. —Barry Lopez [1] Our inner cave-man can clearly see his world has changed, but despite the …

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Old Buddha Meets Young Buddha, Part-3: When we See the Difference, our World Changes

The Whole of Essay Nineteen in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice.  It is vain to do with more what can be done with fewer. —William of Ockham [1] The flexible behaviour of higher animals can’t be trusted to maintain resource partitions; only innate structure can. Thus ecological stability requires not only that inapposite curiosity …

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Young Buddha, Part -1: Overturning the Natural Conformity of Structure and Function

In recent years a promising scientific approach to comparative mythology has emerged in which researchers apply conceptual tools that biologists use to decipher the evolution of living species. In the hands of those who analyze myths, the method, known as phylogenetic analysis, consists of connecting successive versions of a mythological story and constructing a family …

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Two Buddhas Dance, Part-1: Different Tempos

The Whole of Essay Seventeen in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice:  The story of Old Buddha ends (for the moment) and the story of Young Buddha begins. I tell you: one must still have chaos in one, to give birth to a dancing star. —Friedrich Nietzsche [1] The final lesson to take from our …

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