What Is Meant By “All the World Is an Illusion?”

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Buddhists say the world is an illusion So a physicist friend asks, “If all is illusion, how can we know what is true?” It’s a good question but not easily answered. From a Western perspective, the first name that comes to mind is … Read More

Mysteries of the Great Chain of Being for Geezers – I Mean BIG Mysteries!

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Something Otherworldly Hovers Just Beyond What We Can See! Watching a Stellar Jay flit from branch to branch in a pinyon pine tree near my camp gives me firsthand understanding of an ancient concept rarely talked about today – the Great … Read More

What’s Outside the Box of Space and Time?

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I often camp alone. It’s not that I don’t like camping with others. I have several friends with whom I enjoy chatting  around a campfire. But that’s just it. When I’m alone I observe things I usually don’t if I am chatting. … Read More

Contemplative Hiking

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Back when I launched Backpacker magazine, I tried to include a piece about the spiritual side of nature in every issue.  My first issue carried a piece by Colin Fletcher about his immersion in the spiritual side of his historic end-to-end Grand Canyon … Read More

Why I Love Hiking

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There is a stillness in the forest. And I love it. Actually, there are sounds out there. But they are like music.  And speak to me in wind and birdsong, instead of words. I’ve learned from my years of meditation that this is … Read More

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