greum maol stevenson

living, thinking, writing in scotland

Because I am a Zen Buddhist and a socialist, many people assume I am a humanist, as they think Buddhism and socialism are both humanist. I think the opposite. The Buddhist understanding of interdependence precludes the arrogant view that is human exceptionalism. And if socialism is only for humans then it is not socialism, because it is still class-based, with bosses and bossed, exploiters and exploited.

Although I have criticisms of the book, I like the subtitle of Timothy Morton’s Humankind: Solidarity With Non-Human People. We need to see not just all clearly-sentient beings as people, but also rocks, walls, pens, machines, as people.

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daishin and greum maol stevenson in zen monk robes standing beside a puddle in wyndford housing scheme with two high flats, grey sky and trees in backgrounddaishin and greum maol stevenson in Wyndford. Photo: Chris Leslie

“All that is solid melts into air.”—Marx

“All conditioned things are impermanent.”—the Buddha

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brick wall with END LONDON RULE written on it in maryhill, glasgow

At tomorrow’s elections, it is important to number all the candidates in your order of preference, not just the ones you support. This article in The National explains why.

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Enso by daishin
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glasgow clydeside mural of the silhouette of a worker in a bunnet with a pickaxe over his shoulder

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Lost Dogs by Jeff Lemire

By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill

The Empty Mirror and Afterzen (both rereads) and Murder by Remote Control by Janwillem van de Wetering

Knots by RD Laing (reread)

Destination Zero by Sam Hamill (reread)

The Essential Poems by Jim Harrison (reread)

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This evening I reread Sam Hamill’s poem The Orchid Flower. I corresponded with him for years, though we never met. He is among the people who have died whom I cannot bring myself to delete from my email contacts, for reasons I do not understand. When he died in 2018, I wrote this poem:

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graffiti on a wall, the word ZEN in shades of red, orange and yellow

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I wonder if what those who make Zen our lifelong practice have in common is that when we are young we experience what John Tarrant Roshi describes in his book Bring Me the Rhinoceros: “None of the usual solutions to life that were on offer meant much to me.”

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“When you dance with the Devil, the Devil doesn’t change. The Devil changes you.” — old blues saying

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