Fall arrives with the first yellow leaves, and the students return to campus. The young ones are eager for new experience and new learning. As a professor I have mixed feelings about their return.
Kalle Lasn was working as an award-winning maker of short films and documentaries when he made a 30-second TV spot on behalf of protecting the Pacific Northwest’s old-growth forests. When no television station would sell him airtime to broadcast the spot, Lasn committed himself to the project of transforming the communications media.
The Buddha made no proscription against the Internet because there was no Internet 2,500 years ago. But if the Buddha were around now, don’t you think he would say something about this technology?
Speed seems relative. Wanting something fast makes for slow. Reacting to slow speeds up mind. To chat online with a friend on the other side of the globe through the slowest web connection is still a lot faster than pony express or clipper ship, let alone walking over there on foot.
In a surprising departure, vipassana meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg shifts from the measured and philosophic stance of her first two books to take on a more personal and wondering voice in her latest book, Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience.
Stephen Batchelor’s books include Buddhism Without Beliefs (Riverhead Books, 1997), The Awakening of the West (Parallax Press, 1994), and most recently, Verses from the Center (Riverhead Books, 2000).
I learn about the native Ohlone Indian shellmound, whose remains were partially excavated in the 1950s only six blocks to the west of my Victorian house.Rising above the north bank of Strawberry Creek, this mound was one of 425 which rimmed San Francisco Bay for over four millennia.