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The Noble Eightfold Path

Please read the disclaimer Quick Recap: The Four Noble Truths discusses how 1) Existence is suffering; 2) Suffering has a cause; 3) Suffering can cease; 4) Suffering ceases by following the Noble Eightfold Path. The thing I like most about...

Accept No Substitutes

It has come to my attention that my sparkly-new website has a domain name that isn't exactly original. "Some Dude Named Greg" has been used in several contexts over the years, none of which have anything to do with me....

The Four Noble Truths

Please read the disclaimer The Four Noble Truths are where I started when I became Buddhist, and they're as good a starting point as any. Better, in fact, because it frames Buddhism as the solution to a specific problem: How...

For The Record

Two things that I think we desperately need in this country are mandatory comprehension tests for critical thinking skills and United States civics. I don't think you should be able to graduate high school unless you know how to fucking...

One Thing I Am Thankful For

I called my mother on Thanksgiving afternoon, something I've been doing for approximately 30 years since I moved to Arizona. Normally, our conversation would take about 30 minutes and then my mom would have to attend to the gigantic meal...

The All American Boy

Celebrity culture used to be much less invasive. You'd appear in a movie, pose for a couple of promotional pictures, and your agent would then work with the studio to let the world know about how you spend your downtime...

Stone. Cold. Genius.

Interpretive dance: Boring Interpretive dance involving food: Boring Forcing senior citizens to watch: Stone cold genius. I have long admired this series of videos, and the fact that 2 of the 5 videos are lost to the mysts of time...

(My) Intro to Buddhism

I was raised without religion in my life. My mother is Roman-Catholic and went to school at a Quebecois convent her entire childhood. She's plenty religious. My father, on the other hand, was a scientist and very fact-based. It makes...