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The Zen of Ice Cubes

Mark W. Guay | Posted 02.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mark W. Guay

An airline passenger asks a stewardess for a glass of water. A minute later she comes back with a cup of ice and hands it to the passenger. The passen...

The Profound And Ancient Wisdom Of Zen Buddhist Koans

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.31.2015 | Religion

A koan is a riddle or puzzle that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen ma...

Looking for a Zebra in a Barnyard

Hilal Isler | Posted 06.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Hilal Isler

I was in my office a few weeks ago, when my boss knocked at the door. "Mike!" I said, guiltily. I propped the door open with a sneakered foot, an em...

Why Faith -- And We -- Need Contradictions

John Backman | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
John Backman

So many of us don't like contradictions. They upset the apple carts of our certainty. We're confident that our faith tradition is correct. So we do everything we can to make the contradictions go away. But maybe this kind of headache is precisely what we need.

The Short Path Of Sudden Enlightenment

William Horden | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
William Horden

Enlightenment is not restricted to ancient monks living in harmony with nature. It is an experience open to all, regardless of where or when they live.

Monday Morning Koan

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

A Koan is not a question of informational inquiry but a question of whether you are open to whatever is. With that in mind, here's a monday morning k...

Lost & Found in a TV-Koan

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

There are no facts, only interpretations. (Friedrich Nietzsche) Flashback: Feb. 2010, prior to final season of Lost, I wrote the following 815 words...

Lost in a TV-Koan

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

When Lost started out I found myself forming hypotheses. But I soon got lost. I remember the moment exactly. It had to do with the opening of the hatch.

Joaquin the Koan

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

The Fall-Winter of 2008-2009 in American history will be remembered for three things: who won the presidential election, who won the Super Bowl and... what the hell is going on with Joaquin Phoenix?!