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The Fractal Nature of Reality

Creative by Nature

“Life is about floating on the seas of turbulence, drifting on the eddies and currents, flowing, and along the way, learning: whatever that may look like for each of us currently experiencing a mortal life.” ~Joanna Hunter


Each of us (the animate and inanimate, the sentient and the purely material) is part of one inconceivably large, unfurling fractal entity that constitutes everything, and when taken as a whole is the equivalent of what some may call “God”.

This entity does not exist within some surrounding vacuum but rather twists and folds back on itself so that it is boundless. The concept of “nothing” is therefore a logical fallacy, an impossibility.

We, as parts of this great unfurling fractal cosmic entity, are eternal, though the notion and form of “I” is temporary and in fact the “all” we are participating in exists outside of time.

“What you are basically, deep…

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A Glimpse of Possibilities – John Lennon

Creative by Nature


“The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.

Love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep on watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.

We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight. Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.

You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You…

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Every word, every label, empty. It is an empty vessel for meaning

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Every word, every label, empty. It is an empty vessel for meaning. The meaning may be true or false. The word cannot be either true or false. Just an empty vessel. The label and the word are useful in the outside world. Necessary even to get around and survive in this outward world. But within yourself the label becomes truly empty, as you must be. Empty your mind of labels.

The Tao that can be spoken of is not the true Tao. Tao is a label, the real Tao is indescribable, and to be experienced without thought, concept, label, or word. One may impart some superficial understanding of the inner experience with words, but it will only be a guide or a map to the experience, never the experience itself.

To take a map as truth is ignorance. To take the map of Tao to be Tao is ignorance. Just…

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Ven. Pannavati: Racism in the Sanghas


An interview with Venerable Pannavati about her Christian-Buddhist path, why there are not more Blacks in Buddhism, and her push for girls, women, and “Untouchables.”

Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage in Hendersonville, NC. A black, female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions with Vajrayana empowerments and transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers, she is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service. She just returned from South India where she established the first nunnery for “Untouchables,” and she told me about the urgent need for support for girls and women.

Michaela Haas: I regret that I didn’t include any women of color in Dakini Power. One obvious reason is that there are so few, but there are some! Do you have an explanation why are there so few African-American women in the Buddhist communities?

Ven. Pannavati: I…

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The Single Bright Moon (Ikkyu)

Zen Flash

Many paths lead from
The foot of the mountain
But at the peak
We all gaze at the
Single bright moonIkkyu
painting by Ito Jakuchu, 18.c.

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A Trackless Path: Dzogchen in plain English


A Trackless Path by Ken McLeod

Ken McLeod has an exceptional ability to explain Vajrayana Buddhism in plain English. Dzogchen, a branch of Vajrayana, is the most difficult part of Buddhism to understand. It is also, in my opinion, the most important.

It is fortunate, then, that McLeod has just published A Trackless Path, his first book on the topic.

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The Pre-eminence of Existence in Advayavada.

In Advayavada Buddhism, you are asked to accept the pre-eminence of existence over mankind and that the Eightfold Path is an ongoing reflexion, at the level of our personal lives, of existence as a whole becoming over time in its manifest direction. We do not see the Buddha’s Middle Way as an attitude or method that will enable us ‘to escape from the realities of life’ or ‘to make it somehow in spite of things’, as some seem to do, but understand the Buddha’s most fundamental teaching as a means to reconnect and reconcile us with wondrous overall existence as it truly is. We maintain, in short, that to live life the way existence as a whole really is, and not some imagined and idealized form of humanity, is what is to be sought after by men. (from

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