Thoughts on: “The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei” by John Stevens

My major feat this summer was to inflate a pool in preparation of a BBQ party (see pic. 2). Due to lack of proper equipment it had to be done manually. It took quite some time and effort on my part to get it ready; But I persisted and felt a little bit of prideContinue reading “Thoughts on: “The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei” by John Stevens”

Thoughts on: “Hardcore Zen” by Brad Warner

Brad Warner is punk rocker turned Zen master. He is “controversial” because he is not part of either of the two dominating fractions of Zen in the west; the overly intellectualized one or the woo-woo New age version. —————————————— He wants to make Zen available and practical for to regular people with normal lives andContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Hardcore Zen” by Brad Warner”

Thoughts on: ”The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin”

Benjamin Franklin was probably the most prominent character of the American Enlightenment. A scientist, politician, inventor, postmaster, civic activist, and one of the founding fathers of the United States of American. —————————————— The reason I like Franklin so much is his sense of wonder and curiosity about life and learning. This in combination with beingContinue reading “Thoughts on: ”The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin””

Top Books of the Year – #6

#6 “Radical Honesty” by Blad Blanton —-— It’s about anger. It’s about how moralism comes back to bite you in the ass. It’s about neurosis. It’s about deadening. Low intensity suffering caused by being on guard. It’s about growing the fuck up! It’s about willingness to take care of oneself. It’s about telling the truthContinue reading “Top Books of the Year – #6”

Top Books of the Year – #7

#7 “The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei” by John Stevens ———————————— The “1000-Day Marathon”, a big part of their practice, takes 7 years to complete. For the first 5 years they run a marathon a day for 100 days straight. This is repeated 7 times. For the last 2 years the distance is increased toContinue reading “Top Books of the Year – #7”

Meeting the mysterious @BooksOnTheTub.

05.45 AM – Meeting the mysterious man behind Books on the Tub. He got a hold of my “to-read”-list and had a few books in his collection that where in the list. So this morning, at un ungodly hour, I meet him in person for the first time and got a stack of interesting books.Continue reading “Meeting the mysterious @BooksOnTheTub.”