02/27/17 – Development of a New Zen Kōan


New Zen Kōan

A kōan is a story, dialogue, question, or statement, which is used in Zen practice to provoke the “great doubt” and test a student’s progress in Zen practice.

I am pleased to announce a new Zen Kōan has been developed that is challenging even the best of our Zen Masters.  Here is your opportunity to test your skills against the best of the best.



Honor Thy Temple

Planning on a morning run with your friend, well don’t let this happen to you.



The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

Take some action every day to make your dreams come true.



Getting Along with Others


It is such a hard habit to break, but well worth the effort.


Growth Keeps You Extraordinary



The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary



Genghis Khan

and the Making of the Modern World

by Jack Weatherford

This book is not an easy read and you may wish to skip parts of it; but it is likely you will learn a number of things you didn’t know. 


The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred.

In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege.


The Royals

I found this to be a fun show to watch.


The Royals is about a fictional monarchy in modern-day London, focusing on a dysfunctional, somewhat estranged family in the wake of the loss of the heir to the throne.

Elizabeth Hurley stars as the devilishly delightful Queen Helena, William Moseley plays charming bad boy Prince Liam and Alexandra Park plays Liam’s twin, tabloid fixture Princess Eleanor. (Source: TV Guide)


This one is really worth listening to.

She Drives Me Crazy

Fine Young Cannibals

LAST WEEK’S POLL – Do you trust the mainstream news media to report honestly and fairly? 


57% – No

26% – Yes

17% – Not sure

THIS WEEK’S POLL  2017 Academy Awards (aka Oscars) 



Last week was Monday Mona Lisa.  Well, this week I am bringing you Mona Lisa, as she is getting ready for a Saturday night date.

Date Night Mona Lisa


She looks considerably different than she did after work at Friday Happy Hour



Winston Churchill

I like this guy because when a woman told him if she was his wife, she would put poison in his drink.

He replied, “Madam, if I were your husband, I would gladly drink it.


Photographed Dec. 1941 by Yousuf Karsh

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965).

He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his overall, lifetime body of work. In 1963, he was the first of only eight people to be made an honorary citizen of the United States.

As a young army officer, he saw action in British India, the Anglo–Sudan War, and the Second Boer War. 

Following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain on 10 May 1940, Churchill became Prime Minister. His speeches and radio broadcasts helped inspire British resistance, especially during the difficult days of 1940–41 when the British Commonwealth and Empire stood almost alone in its active opposition to Adolf Hitler. He led Britain as Prime Minister until victory over Nazi Germany had been secured.

Named the Greatest Briton of all time in a 2002 poll, Churchill is widely regarded as being among the most influential people in British history, consistently ranking well in opinion polls of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom. (Source: Wikipedia)




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18 thoughts on “02/27/17 – Development of a New Zen Kōan

  1. Thanks for teaching me what a kōan is! Loved your example haha. Did you get a chance to watch the Oscars? I didn’t because I didn’t see most of the nominated films, and I preferred to catch up on some other TV shows. I did look up the winners this morning though!

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    • Chris, glad you liked the kōan current event-I knew I wanted to use it but it just didn’t fit that well into the joke category, so I came up the the kōan idea for a current event.

      I also did not see most of the nominated films and so did as you did, and caught up on some shows I had DVR’d. I did see La La Land, which I liked; although, I would have wrote the ending just the opposite.

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  2. I am going to use the image about the problems with communications in my course, if that’s okay? My teacher is always telling us we should listen to listen and not to solve someone’s problems or think about what question to ask next.

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    • I’m not sure it appeared on the post you are looking at, but I have added a box to click on at the top of the side bar which will take people directly to the comment box. It is a small improvement, but should make it a bit easier to comment.


  3. I like that you have polls. They are a great way for your readers to interact with you and your blog! I only saw short videos of the Oscars on social media.


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