Sunday, November 27, 2005

Podcast 5 — Why We Forget

In the last essay/podcast I talked about "enlightenment," which the Zen student might call "waking up," or "remembering" (who I really am), or "recovering from the illusion." The principle is that we're born into a delusion and the pursuit is to remember our true nature.

In that essay/podcast I suggested the same is true about golf. All the information we need is right in front of us — we already know all we need to know — and, moreover, the execution is within our grasp. All we need is to continue — on every shot — to remember.

The question I left you with is why we fail to remember. Here is my answer. What is your excuse?

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Podcast 4 - You Already Know

The core objective of Eastern Spirituality is "enlightenment" which is sometimes described as "remembering" what one already knows. (Equally, it can be called "waking up" or "recovering from the illusion.")

Could golf be similar? Do we already know? Are we sleep-walking as we move around the course.

Listen by clicking here, to see if you agree.

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Monday, November 14, 2005

Podcast 3B - How Small?

Here is the second part of this week's double-header. Hopefully you've already listened to 3A — an expansion on last week's essay: The Fundamental Truth.

This is the bonus: a brief quantum physics lesson. The purpose is to take you through my own personal experiences. Several years ago, as I read about the extremes of Western science, both in cosmology and quantum physics, I was "interested" to see how wildly different true reality is from what our common senses suggest.

But I was stunnned to see that these new views almost exactly parallel the visions of the Eastern mystic philosophers... a view that was developed almost 2500 years ago.

Here is one small example. Click here to listen.

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Podcast 3A - The Fundamental Truth

This week's podcast is both late and different. I'm late because of last week's travel (no excuse), and this podcast is different in that it's split in two. This first portion is the usual commentary on last week's essay; The Fundamental Truth. The second, to follow, is a brief physics lesson (don't panic).

The Fundamental Truth is that life is suffering (dukkah), which comes from excessive desire. Certainly true in life... does it also sound like your golf game?

Further... the podcasts are now appearing on iTunes and if you own/use an iPod you can subscribe there, so that these programs will magically appear on your iPod as they're published.

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The "subscribe" link may or may not work, based on the browser you're using. If you have trouble, try a second time with iTunes already open in the background. If all else fails, you can find GolfingZen on iTunes by entering "golf" as a key word in the search box (upper right) and then choosing "podcasts" from the option bar that will appear. Good luck!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Podcast 2: Western Mind - Eastern Thought

The second podcast is now up and — as advertised — it is an amplification on the first essay. (Which clears the way for posting the second essay on Sunday!)

Today's program talks through Western versus Eastern thinking, the fundamental differences in the two language structures, the (erroneous) assumptions we Westerners make as a result, and how our approach to golf can be turned inside-out when we shift our focus towards the East.

Sound difficult and heavy? It isn't: you'll learn something and you might even have some fun.

Still haven't broken the code on listing through iTunes, but I'm getting close. For now, click here to listen.