Tag Archives: Identity

Just Who Do You Think You Are Anyway?

For all Thomas Merton’s wry words about Zen, he admired its practices, and was a meditator himself. By the end of his life he’d lost just about all illusions about himself. Zen will do that to you, cut you down … Continue reading

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Who Said Zen? Wash Out Your Mouth if You Said Zen —

It is true to say that for me sanctity consists in being myself and for you sanctity consists in being your self and that, in the last analysis, your sanctity will never be mine and mine will never be yours, … Continue reading

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If Asked by a Caterpillar, What Would You Answer?

  “Who are YOU?” said the Caterpillar. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I–I hardly know, sir, just at present– at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, … Continue reading

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“Who is Like You REALLY?”

And speaking of people who emphatically have found out what they are: “When I was coming up, I was like, ‘Ntozake Shange’s great.’ Also Edward Albee is great. Shakespeare’s great. Sophocles is great. August Wilson’s great…. The list goes on … Continue reading

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Yes, But How?

Become what you are. —– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe It would seem to be the easiest thing in the world, wouldn’t it? “Become what you are.” But if it were the easiest thing in the world, why would the wise … Continue reading

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