What Video Games Taught Me About Buddhism

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I am bad at playing video games.  When I say this, I mean I am bad at playing video games.  I can’t fly, I can’t drive, more than half the time I’m not sure where I’m supposed to go, and I believe that if I swing my own arms in the direction I want my …

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The Life Principle

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Please welcome guest blogger Phoenix to the page.  I’ve recently had the privilege of getting to know Phoenix by reading some of his voluminous work, and having philosophical debates with him as we serve the homeless community in our area.  Phoenix is very passionate about his philosophical inquiries, and easing the suffering of those around …

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Should we ever block a child from receiving Christ’s love?

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Last Friday, the Mormon Church took a not so surprisingly strong stance against gay marriage; banning the children with gay and lesbian (do you have to say that?  Gay and lesbian?  Or does gay cover both?) from being baptized, going on missions or receiving blessings. Like many people here, both members and non-members of the …

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Pew Pew Pew Gun Control

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When it comes to Right Speech, I often defer to the Thumper philosophy where if I can’t say something nice, I will remain silent.  However, silence is a form of acceptance, and I can’t be silent on this anymore. As most of you know, I am a former Marine.  I have sniper training, and have …

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Salt Lake Comic Con 2015

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I’m very happy to announce that I will be at Salt Lake Comic Con this year, September 24th-26th.  You can find me in Artist’s Alley, Gold 38 will be my booth number.  Look for the gold table dressings I’m thrilled to have two new books that will make their debut at this Comic Con. First …

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Kindness is not a crime

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A couple of years ago, I took part in a community outreach program held by The Legacy Initiative here in Salt Lake City, where we fed burritos to the homeless, while being dressed as superheroes. Our local Comic Con was giving away passes to some of the participants, and honestly, my focus was way more …

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Curling and letting go

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I wish I had the ability to pick up on the messages the universe sends me a little faster. I swear my skull is at least three times the thickness of the average male, so external stimuli has to fight pretty hard to get through. It’s not that I don’t understand, it’s the implementation that …

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Action figures and the meaning of life

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The two greatest things on the planet are Action Figures, and Zombies. Aside from the obvious reasons, I like these two things, because they teach me about life and how to be a better person. While I wrote an entire novel on how Zombies can make our life better (Rebirth: A zombie tale, available for …

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Is the Buddha story a hoax?

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                The Buddha once said we shouldn’t blindly accept any of his teachings, simply because he was the one to give them, but rather we should question everything, and discover the truth for ourselves. Socrates told us a similar thing, and I always try to incorporate this sense of doubt into my Buddhist training. Because …

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Why is it so hard?

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              Like most people who study Buddhism, I didn’t start by going to a temple or by taking a class. I started by reading a book about Buddhism or meditation which somehow caught my eye, and decided I wanted to learn more about it. By the time I finally decided to step foot into …

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