Myriad Phenomena

buddha_beipu
Budai, the Laughing Buddha. To put him in Western terms, really this guy is more St Nicholas than Buddha.

In zen the world and the experience of existence are referred to as a lot of things, usually intending to convey their non-concrete and ephemeral nature despite their physical immediacy and tendency to delight the senses. One phrase that struck me was “myriad phenomena”: it’s an attempt to describe things as being both immediate and literally sensible but also sort of dispassionately categorizing existence as a second-order effect.

I’ve always been told that my Facebook posts are interesting, but then again I’m only publishing to maybe a few dozen readers. I’ve decided to start posting here just to see if I’m interesting to more than those few dozen friends. If it goes poorly I’ll be sure to consider it all dispassionately.

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Author: S Peter Cordner

I’m an upper-middle class white male with an education and a raft of luck and an inability to keep too many thoughts to myself. I read RSS feeds like they keep me alive and need intellectual stimulation like mice need cheese. Politically I'm progressive conservative; inside America this is probably a confusing phrase, but most of Europe gets it. I'm also a practicing student of zen and consider myself a pantheist though it pretty much never comes up in discussion. :)

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