Monthly Archives: August 2010

Kalev’s Anti-Blog: A Poem

Across from the Roslyn Mill By Kalev Pehme Have you thought O dreamer that it may be all maya, illusion?                 —Walt Whitman   At Cedarmere where Byrant lived, lilies Impressionistically now splotch the pond. There are many red, ripe, wild … Continue reading

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Kalev’s Anti-Blog: Remarks on Cosmology: Part 1 The Eternal Cosmos

Ibn Rushd, known as Averroes, states in his epic Tahafut al-Tahafut (The Destruction of Destruction or Incoherence of Incoherence) that Aristotle’s great innovation was the speculation that the cosmos is eternal. This notion was decried especially by the mutakallimum and … Continue reading

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Kalev’s Anti-Blog: The Boy Toy and the End of History

I wrote this essay some years ago, but I still like it. I have up-dated and improved it a bit.   My friend and former student Jenn Clarke in now of Las Vegas, a great place of speculation, referred to … Continue reading

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Kalev’s Anti-Blog: Waiting and Needing and Eating

In the English translation of the German version of the Yijing (I Ching) Richard Wilhelm, the German translator, comments about the fifth hexagram: “Waiting is not mere empty hoping. It has the inner certainty of reaching the goal. Such certainty … Continue reading

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Kalev’s Anti-Blog: Bringing the Buddha and Plato Together

It might seem folly to bring the Buddha and Plato together, but I am going to do precisely that. At the heart of Mahayana Buddhism is the notion that there is an ultimate reality and an apparent and conventional reality. … Continue reading

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Kalev’s Anti-Blog A Poem

Journey By Kalev Pehme Basho’s pupil paints a haiku so cruel. He writes: “A red firefly/Tear off its wings/ A pepper.” Zen compassion, the rule of syllables, moves his master. He sings: “A pepper/Give it wings/a red firefly.” The student’s … Continue reading

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Kalev’s Anti-Blog: How to Read the Opening of Xenophon’s Symposium

  Until the 19th century, Xenophon was considered one of the best writers ever. In Medieval times, his novel The Cyropedia was the favorite of the day. Julius Caesar imitated Xenophon’s style when he wrote his commentaries. What makes Xenophon … Continue reading

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