Author Archives: BoT Student

Gnosticism (“knowing reality”) and the false message of “The Matrix”

So I was thinking of watching a movie recently and I thought maybe I should put on “The Matrix” – the original from 1999.  It’s one of my all-time favorites. Uh oh.  I noticed something I never noticed before:  the … Continue reading

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Facebook: a garden of intimacy or a hotbed of anxiety?

Architecture determines the way you live.1 So I got back on Facebook recently, after taking about four months off. It’s kind of a weird feeling.  On the one hand, it feels great to see so many faces and names that … Continue reading

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The importance of courtesy, hospitality, and other small details

Although this may be obvious to many, I realized today that – especially in troubled times – basic human qualities like courtesy & hospitality are important if we want to get along with our neighbors, solve our collective problems, and … Continue reading

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Sacred ritual, empty ritual, and satanic ritual – a comparative study

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. – Hamlet When we were young, some of us attended religious rituals with our parents. The purpose of these rituals was often a social one … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis on friendship, purpose, and male culture

Friendship comes to us in odd moments, often unsought, but greatly appreciated. The following passage by C.S. Lewis touches on how friendship arises and hints at the difference in male and female culture – a subject rarely appreciated in the … Continue reading

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J. Krishnamurti, Theosophy, and the fabrication of the new age movement

I recently attended a Mummery Book1 enactment, wherein the protagonist, Raymond Darling, is walking through the woods one day, and without warning, comes across a religion that is devoted to him as its symbol. Which of course he finds shocking … Continue reading

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Alcohol & drugs as poison or medicine: comments by Chögyam Trungpa

I just found out that an old friend of mine went insane.  I hope it’s temporary.  I knew he was leaning in that direction (is it okay to say that?) but I’m told one day he finally went nuts, the … Continue reading

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