Gerry Canavan

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Four for Monday

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Four for Monday.

* The Most Amazing Halloween Costume Ever. (via Steve)

* Whose America? Mark Bauerlein and Duke’s own Priscilla Wald debate a new Harvard anthology of American literature.

* Tetris zen.

* A collection of bank robbery notes. There was apparently a successful robbery at the Wachovia on 9th Street a few weeks ago, so look for that one on the site soon.

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November 2, 2009 at 2:57 pm

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Zen for an Historic Election

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Zen for an historic election.

Your inside is out and your outside is in.
—John Lennon

Change in all things is sweet.

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.

There is no coming to consciousness without pain.
—Carl Gustav Jung

Talk does not cook rice.
—Ancient Proverb

Here and now, boys!
—Aldous Huxley


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November 9, 2008 at 6:12 pm

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If the teaching doesn’t feel like it’s forcing something upon you, it’s not good teaching.
—Shunryu Suzuki

When it is winter, speak cold; when it is summer, speak hot.

Don’t draw another’s bow, don’t ride another’s horse, don’t mind another’s business.

However innumerable sentient beings, I vow to save them. However inexhaustible the passions, I vow to extinguish them. However immeasurable the dharmas, I vow to master them. However incomparable the Buddha’s truth, I vow to attain it.
—The Four Vows

To ask the hard question is simple.
—W. H. Auden

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
—Zola Neale Hurston

From birth to death, it’s just like this.
—Zen saying

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September 19, 2008 at 4:00 am

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First Day of School Zen

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Monk: “What is the greatest obstacle to enlightenment?”
The Buddha: “Laziness!”

Zen for yet another first day of school.

The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
—Peter B. Medwar

The artist has to look at everything as though he saw it for the first time; he has to look at life as he did when he was a child…. The first step towards creation is to see everything as it really is, and that demands a constant effort.
—Henri Matisse

You are already complete. You just don’t know it.
—Zen saying

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August 25, 2008 at 4:07 am

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Really Can’t Believe It’s Already August Zen

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Really can’t believe it’s already August Zen.

What is the mind like if it’s not occupied with plans and schemes, and fears that the plans and schemes will fail? What if your unexamined beliefs were to fall away and you were to live without them, and also to live without the thought that you had given anything up?
—John Tarrant

When you get free from certain fixed concepts of the way the world is, you find it is far more subtle, and far more miraculous, than you thought it was.
—Alan Watts

The poor long for riches, the rich long for heaven, but the wise long for a state of tranquility.
—Swami Rama

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.
—Arthur Conan Doyle

Fire can’t burn fire.
—Zen saying

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August 4, 2008 at 4:00 am

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Enjoying My Day Off Zen

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Enjoying my day off Zen.

I fear nothing, I hope for nothing, I am free.
—Nikos Kazantzakis

Out of nowhere, the mind comes forth.
—The Diamond Sutra

Year after year
  on the monkey’s face
    a monkey face.

What else is there to say? We end in joy.
—Theodore Roethke

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July 20, 2008 at 5:44 pm

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You Maniacs, You Blew It Up Battlestar Galactica Zen

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You maniacs, you blew it up Battlestar Galactica Zen.

A permanent state of transition is man’s most noble condition.
—Juan Ramon Jimenez

I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.
—Joseph Campbell

The first question I ask when something doesn’t seem to be beautiful is why do I think it’s not beautiful? And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.
—John Cage

The question is the same, the answer is the same. Sand in the rice, thorns in the mud.
—Zen commentary

One must ask children and birds how strawberries and cherries taste.

All things that are born must die. Work hard for your own freedom from sorrow.
—The Buddha

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June 14, 2008 at 3:36 am

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