Sam Hamill

Magazine Arts & Culture

What’s Mine

I’ve a fat-happy Buddha bellynot to be confusedwith Buddha mind, which is arrow-slim and quickas the knife of Ting the Cookslicing fresh ham. I do not claim to know the joysand sorrows of the koi in the pond.But I know the pleasures of feeding them. The fruit on the tree of loveis an appleI have […]

By Sam Hamill

Magazine Arts & Culture

What the Water Knows

What the mouth sings, the soul must learn to forgive.A rat’s as moral as a monk in the eyes of the real world.Still, the heart is a riverpouring from itself, a river that cannot be crossed. It opens on a bayand turns back upon itself as the tide comes in,it carries the cry of the […]

By Sam Hamill

Magazine Society & Environment

The War on Words and Images

It’s that time when responsible citizens pinch their nostrils tightly, hold their collective breaths, and vote for the lesser of many unsavory evils. Most of us have listened to enough empty rhetoric in this presidential year to gag a maggot. But the real political battlegrounds are not so much at the national level as in […]

By Sam Hamill

Magazine Society & Environment

Whither the American Left?

While congressional Republicans have adopted the stance of the pit bull, Democratic party leaders have been sent whimpering and piddling to the sidelines like lapdogs in virtually every debate over the future of this country. While the Democratic party has been fractionalized over minor issues, it has remained largely silent in the face of a […]

By Sam Hamill

Magazine Arts & Culture

Ten Thousand Sutras (after Hakuin)

The body is the body of the Buddha.Like ice and water, the one is always in the other. In the middle of the lakewe long for a drink of water. Adrift in Samsarawe dream of blissful Nirvana. This body is the body of the Buddha,this moment an eternity. Saying I love you, the deed is […]

By Sam Hamill

Magazine Society & Environment

Saying No to the War on Drugs

Nowhere is institutionalized American racism more obvious than in our judicial system. One in three black males between the ages of fourteen and twenty-eight is on probation or parole, or is incarcerated. Nearly fifty percent of the more than one million men locked up in this country are black or Hispanic. A black man busted […]

By Sam Hamill

Magazine Society & Environment

Truth or Consequences

IF THE ANCIENT CHINESE proverb has much relevance today, I would say that I am cursed by living in interesting times. Beginning zazen while wearing the uniform of a U.S. Marine thirty years ago, I began to question “authority”—not only the authority of the Marine Corps and ultimately of the U.S. government, but the authority […]

By Sam Hamill
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