Larry Jordan

Everyone is related, and everything is connected.

Eastern Religions

Natural Life and True Self

Apr 30, 2023 by Larry Jordan
Many seekers believe that self is a construct, soul is a fiction, and free will is an illusion. As Thomas Merton says, "We all live lives of self-impersonation." For Hindus, True Self is Brahman or Oneness, lack of separation. For Buddhists, True Self is "no-self" or Void, lack of separation.

Zen Practice: Sesshin (silent retreat)

Dec 12, 2022 by Larry Jordan
We just returned from a week-long sesshin, consisting of six- to eight-hours a day of zazen (seated meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation) interspersed with chanting, chores, and tea ceremonies, as well as dokusan (private meetings) and teisho (public talks) with a Zen teacher.

The Perennial Philosophy

Aug 05, 2022 by Larry Jordan
Bede Griffiths was a Benedictine monk and a Hindu sannyasi, who integrated Eastern and Western worldviews.

Speaking Truth to Power

Aug 05, 2022 by Larry Jordan
I spent 25 years as a public finance investment banker, helping clients, which were cities, counties, school districts, and special districts, to borrow money for cash flows and capital projects.

"Meeting the Fire"

Aug 05, 2022 by Larry Jordan
Eastern spirituality teaches us to “renounce the fruits of action” or the outcomes of effort. 

The Forest Dwellers

Aug 05, 2022 by Larry Jordan
The Forest Dweller leaves a house for a cottage, renounces material pleasures, retires from professional and social life, and undertakes a life of contemplation and spiritual pursuits.

Ideology and Theology

Aug 05, 2022 by Larry Jordan
In “The Power of Myth,” Joseph Campbell meets with a sociologist and a Shinto priest. When the sociologist remarks, “I don’t get your ideology. I don’t get your theology,” the Shinto priest responds, “We don’t have ideology. We don’t have theology. We dance.”

The Mayor of Everywhere

Aug 05, 2022 by Larry Jordan
The Buddha developed a sense of detachment, which eliminated many distinctions. Similarly, Jesus de-emphasized the physical family, as compared to the spiritual family.

"Enjoy Every Sandwich"

Aug 05, 2022 by Larry Jordan

Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) attained enlightenment through the Noble Eightfold Path, which consists of right understanding, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.