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This site includes a practical ten step course in how to practice the Buddha Dharma. It includes a unique approach to the Ten Dharma Realms and to Zen koans. The navigation buttons for the course are at the top of this page. This is a lengthy website that continues to grow due to the depth of Zen practice. The blog posts below help keep the site rising in the Google page rankings but the heart of this site is the course. May we all be well, happy, calm and peaceful.

The Core Meditation

There are numerous meditation techniques. Some use mantras, some use Zen koans, some, like vippasana, monitor thoughts. But the core meditation taught by the Buddha is Tranquil Wisdom meditation. It’s a sixteen step meditation but the steps flow naturally so it’s not a memory test. The sixteen steps are found...

54 prostration verses

A complete Buddhist practice, in my opinion, includes a prostration practice. Complete instructions on how to perform a prostration are found under the heading Prostrations under Advanced Zen. There you will also find a video of three very fast prostrations. We suggest preforming each prostration much slower. To avoid the...

Phooey On Religion

It is OK to believe that exercise is good because there is evidence to support that belief. It is OK to believe that a vegetarian is healthier than a meat eater because vegetarians live longer than animal killers and have far fewer diseases and health crises. But it is not...

Be Kind and Shallow

Many Buddhists have heard the story about the fellow who was a good meditator and was proud of it. He developed an arrogant personality and his acquaintances sometimes wished something would knock him off his self-made pedestal. But instead of an event that would deflate his ego, an event occurred...

Outflows and Inflows

The irony of Zen is that more words have been written about it than any other branch of Buddhism although the central teaching of Zen is that it is a mind-to-mind transmission, outside of words, independent of scriptures. It’s way past time for Zen to get back to its roots,...

We Never Left the Garden

Buddhism teaches that there are three worlds: The world of sense desire (the crude one we’re in now; it has six realms and is often referred to as the six worlds), the world of form (a much more subtle world where sense desires have ended but the desire for bodily...

A Reader’s View

Buddhism is a method of cultivating the mind. Since Buddhism affirms that the universe is governed by impersonal laws and not by any creator-god, it has no use for prayer, for the Buddha was a teacher and not a god. Buddhism regards devotion not as a religious obligation but as...

With Mudita We Always Win

Of the four Brahma Viharas, mudita is the one we find to be a little strange. When we cultivate mudita, we are never envious or jealous of anything. If we cultivate this Brahma Vihara well, we really don’t mind when the home team loses a big game; we’re happy for the...

The Sixth Fetter

In the list of ten fetters, the higher the number, the more subtle the fetter. The more subtle a fetter is, the less seriously we take it. So when we read what the sixth fetter is, we say: “Oh, that’s not so bad. I can break that fetter easily.” The...

Greed and the First Paramita

When preparing to write on a Buddhist topic, I first read what others have to say on the subject. Then I try to find something original to say that might be eye-opening and helpful to a reader. I found one of the clearest, well-written discussions ever on the six paramitas...

Unintended Consequences

So Time magazine tells us that the U.S. Marines are into Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. My first reaction was that using MBSR to increase the efficiency of a killing machine was a bad idea. Meditation is not a self-improvement program; quite the opposite, it lowers the boundaries between people until...

Mindfulness And Ignorance

This week’s Time magazine’s cover story reports that mindfulness practice is becoming a mainstream practice despite its Buddhist origins. People who won’t listen to monks in robes will listen to scientists, the magazine reports. Obviously, it is the monks who should be listened to. They won’t teach mindfulness to Marines...

Zen and the Quantum

I grew weary decades ago of the tiresome claims of new age non-scientist novelists that ancient spiritual masters knew all about the implications of quantum mechanics long before 20th Century physicists. Sure, the ancients may have said that all life is somehow interconnected and that the independent self is an...

Dokusan and Mu! #zen

Dokusan, or private instruction, provides an opportunity for Zen students to work directly with a teacher in a confidential, face-to-face setting. In the early days of Buddhism in Asia, interactions between Buddhist masters and their students usually occurred in public gatherings of the monastic community, or on spontaneous interchanges during...

The Magic of Sesshin #Zen

Sesshin is the Japanese word that we use in the world of Zen for a meditation retreat. A sesshin may last one day,  a weekend, three or four days, a week, a month, thirty days, ninety days, or more. Most are seven days. A sesshin day typically begins before sunrise and ends after...

Eating Meat Is Stupid #zen

Becoming a vegetarian is the single most effective thing that a single individual can do to inhibit global warming. It dwarfs the impact of switching light bulbs from incandescent to fluorescent or LEDs, driving more fuel efficient cars, using Energy Star appliances, and so on. Some researchers report that seven...

The Stones and L. Ron Hubbard

We Zen practitioners have no bigotry or bias and we practice non-opposition so as a Zen practitioner I have no beef against Scientology. Actually, only Zen practitioners who have awakened lack all bigotry and bias. I am not an enlightened master and Scientology rubs me the wrong way. L. Ron Hubbard liked the...

Is the Self Just An Object?

People who have never given the teachings of the Buddha a second thought know all about subject and object. They know that cars, trees, bodies of water, the sun and all of that other stuff, including other people, is out there and the subject is the me who lives inside and...

Why does Zen admire rocks?

Ever wonder why rocks are so highly esteemed in Zen? They are esteemed because they exist in the realm of formlessness (the third world referred to in Buddhist sutras and chants that mention the three worlds). The realm of formlessness is the last realm before Nirvana. Stones have transcended sense desire (the first world) and the...

Thrill Seeking and Ignorance

All of us have seen the interview conducted by admiring journalists after someone has run up to a cliff and jumped off it into the abyss with nothing but a hang glider to hold onto. Or after jumping off that nine hundred feet high bridge in West Virginia on Bridge Day with a bungee cord tied to an ankle....

Disney and Meditation

Walt Disney called Disneyland in California “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Walt Disney World in Orlando uses the same slogan. But having visited WDW scores of times, I can’t help but notice the crying children, the crowds spending their time in long lines to buy food (typically, huge turkey legs, burgers and other...

Christianity and No Self

The Buddhist doctrine of no self is often misunderstood even by some Buddhists. People with low self esteem are known to embrace it: See, it is a good thing to have no self! But of course the doctrine does not mean that the self does not exist. It means that...

Tweet, Blog or Meditate?

The more I tweet, the less I meditate. The more I blog, the less I meditate. I just finished an hour of meditation. Even the idea of communicating thoughts seems ridiculous. Tweets and blogs disrupt the silence, infringe upon the silence, make a mess of the silence. Those who tweet...

The First Precept

The first precept of Buddhism, the one that drives many people away from Zen practice because they can’t keep it, is a call for not killing. It doesn’t say not to kill people. It says not to kill, period. See The Lankavatara Sutra. Following a precept results in a calm,...

Buddha Name Recitation

Master Chin Kung and the Archbishop of Brisbane The Buddha spoke repeatedly of the Pure Abodes in the Pali Canon and taught that the sentient beings of the Pure Abodes were safely beyond the reach of the desire realm, never again to be reborn as a hell-dweller, a hungry ghost,...

Cursing like a Christian

I had a politically liberal friend, recently passed away, who said Jesus God! many times per day. Did you here what Rush Limbaugh said today? he would ask. Jesus God! What does that man use for brains? The Yankees beat the Rays 10-0 last night. Jesus God! And so on....

Four Stages of Enlightenment

The Buddha identified the four stages of enlightenment: Stream Entry (sotapanna), the Once Returner (sakadagamin), the Non-Returner (anagamin), and Buddhahood. The Buddha taught that Stream Entry is attained when the first three of the ten fetters are overcome (the belief in an independent self -sakkaya ditthi-, doubt, and belief that...

MBSR Demotes Buddhism

Buddhism is not involved in a rivalry with any religion. It is a religion, as Roshi Philip Kapleau explained, only to the extent that we have to have faith that the practices lead to increasing wholesomeness. That’s almost like saying doing push-ups is a religion. We have to have faith...

Mindfulness of Mind Objects

Venerable Ajahn Sumedo The Mahayana school of Buddhism recognizes but ten dharma realms whereas the Theravada school recognizes thirty one: The eleven sense-sphere or desire realms and the sixteen form or fine material realms. That makes a total of twenty seven dharma realms. Thus we know there are four more. These...

Mindfulness of the mind

  After arriving at the Still Forest Pool, the eighth stage of Tranquil Wisdom meditation, discussed in the previous blog, we sit in equanimity, i.e, our mind is the Still Forest Pool, silent and unmoving. We await the appearance of a nimitta. Nimitta is the sign of nirvana. We are in the...

Mindfulness of Feelings

The previous blog post discusses the first four steps of the Buddha’s sixteen step meditation popularly known as Tranquil Wisdom meditation. Now we can briefly discuss steps five through eight, the four steps that collectively develop mindfulness of feelings, the second foundation of the four foundations of mindfulness. When we...

From Diversity to Unity

Steps one and two of Tranquil Wisdom meditation – Awareness of long and short breaths In the Anapanasati Sutta the Buddha said that after we perform the preliminary step of putting mindfulness in front of us, we “understand” that a breath is long or short. This gives the mind something...

Two Views of Anapanasati

When we study The Anapanasati Sutta by Venerable U. Vimalaramsi and Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond by Venerable Ajahn Brahm, we notice that these two prominent teachers diverge on the issue of which steps of the meditation represents which jhanas. The Buddha did not specify which steps represented which jhanas. Since...

Koans and Mindfulness

Harnessing the power of what Ajahn Brahm jokingly refers to as super power mindfulness is the key to cracking open a Zen koan. Without it, a Zen student can struggle a lifetime with koans and never open the gateless gate. With it, the koans are seen and the gate opens....

Would the Buddha tweet?

Yes, but it would not just be a pithy quote of the type so many tweeters enjoy sending out. The Buddha lived before the age of the written word and his talks were not recorded until after he passed away. Even then, they were recorded on palm leaves because paper...

The Rise of Buddhism

Years ago, having read the delightful novel Don Quixote, I decided to read a scholarly criticism of the book. It was filled with fascinating insights, including, for example, why Cervantes killed off D.Q. at the end (because he wanted to stop other authors from writing the further adventures of…) But the most interesting...

Forgetfulness is the darkness

Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that forgetfulness is the darkness, mindfulness is the light. Trouble is, most people have no idea what forgetfulness is. I have a good memory, they say, I am not at all forgetful. I never forget to watch the Dallas Cowboys play on Sunday afternoon. I never...

Meat is Murder Tofu is Not

The first fold of the Eightfold Path, Right View, is sometimes translated as Right Understanding and is explained by many commentators to mean that one has Right Understanding if one understands the Four Noble Truths. But that common explanation doesn’t jive with the Buddha’s words. He said the first fold...

Black or White Precepts?

I had the misfortune of taking a tour of a Buddhist temple today. It was a spur of the moment tour, taken only because the tour group passed by us and a lady who worked at the temple suggested we (my wife and I) join it. The man leading the tour, which...

Happiness is a Warm Brain

With apologies to the late George Schulz, happiness is not a warm puppy. Puppies last a few weeks and then they’re dogs. And dogs don’t last very long, either. But a warm brain can last…forever? The Buddha spoke often against thoughts of eternal life after the present one has ended, so...

Is Life But A Dream?

Putoshan Dreams are so easy to leave. We just wake up when we’re rested. It seems quite automatic. If this life is but a dream, a bubble, a flash of lightning in a summer storm as the Buddha said at the conclusion of The Diamond Sutra, why don’t we just...

The Zendo Project

  The U.S. government estimates that the number of church buildings in the U.S. is about 330,000. Although census reports have determined that about forty percent of Americans are regular church-goers, studies conducted by religious organizations have indicated that the actual percentage is about seventeen and a half percent. A couple I...

The Dharma Realms

This blog will highlight the content of howtopracticezen.com. There are only ten dharma realms according to the Mahayana (thirty one in the Theravada). Here goes: 1. Our ignorant, self-generated thoughts that lead to sadness and despair send us to the hell realm, the bottom of the ten; no one, no god, takes us there but...

Words and Nirvana

Mahamati asked the Buddha: “What do you mean by ‘nirvana’?” The Buddha answered the question but he prefaced his answer with definitions of nirvana propounded by “followers of other paths.” These “wrong” answers are instructive because we can see that some of them seem to be correct! For followers of some paths,...

The way to Nirvana

  Let’s suppose you are the Master of a Buddhist sangha, or in Western terminology, an Abbot of a Buddhist monastery or convent. A student comes to you and asks: Is the world eternal or not eternal? Is the world finite or infinite? Is the soul the same as the body...

Renaming the Realms

The ten dharma realms smack of religiosity. Whenever I tell my friends that Buddhism is not a religion of blind belief but a rational system of mental cultivation practices, they say: But your website speaks of hell realms, hungry ghosts and other such religious-sounding, old-fashioned things. They are correct. However,...

Are Buddhists bat-shit crazy?

Many Buddhists sit on a cushion every day, counting their exhalations. Many Buddhists practice loving kindness meditation every day. And the sixteen mindfulness steps of the Anapanasati sutta. Many Buddhists sit, just sit, every day. Many Buddhists work on a koan every day. And many Buddhists do all of the...

In Search of Teachers

I got on Twitter with the primary goal of communicating with Zen and other Buddhist teachers. Unfortunately, some teachers collect followers but don’t follow back so they live on a one way street where there is no communication flowing to them. For example, Venerable Ajahn Brahm, arguably the most famous...

The Mind/Body Connection

I attended a meditation retreat in the late 1980s in southern Missouri with about 500 people. It was by far the largest group I had ever sat with and the effect was palpable. There were times when everyone would go into a deep meditation at the same time; it could be felt....

Is zazen subversive?

  Zazen is subversive. In our gun-promoting, militaristic culture, sitting on a cushion and practicing metta is a practice that undermines the foundation of that culture. I live in a so-called progressive town that has many fine attributes. We use re-claimed water on our lawns. We have the highest quality...

Mindfulness or Forgetfulness

What, really, is mindfulness? It is perhaps best understood by contrasting it with its opposite, which is forgetfulness. Most of us are robots, performing most of our daily activities while thinking about something else. We don’t need to pay attention to brushing our teeth, taking a shower, grocery shopping, because these chores...

The Present Moment

  I see quite a few tweeple in the twitterverse who tweet every day that they are beginning a meditation with Insight Timer or have just ended a meditation using that app. I have always used a stick of incense as my timer but today I finally decided to give...

Repeal the 2nd Amendment

The U.S. air force is unconstitutional because the Constitution gives Congress the power to raise an army and a navy. Thus, Congress has no power to raise an air force. That’s a joke, of course, but it demonstrates that the Constitution is a living document, not something etched in stone in...

Beingness Will Pull You In

The second following paragraph appeared as a post on my WordPress blog.  I assume it was meant to be a comment on a blog I had written about emptiness but I’m not sure which one. How the comment got onto my password-protected page for writing blogs I have no idea. But...

Dropping Off Body And Mind

What could be easier than just letting go? If we had nothing to hold on to, nothing to reach for, nothing to drop, what would that be like? What about dropping opinions about politics? Sports? Religion? A Zen master once famously shouted as he saw a monk dozing in a zendo:  ZAZEN...

Zen and the Flag of Japan

I laughed when I heard the Dalai Lama apologize for not being a good meditator. He said that with his speaking schedule and teaching duties, he only had time to meditate four hours per day. I have no speaking schedule and no teaching duties and I am happy to get...

No Meditation, No Life?

Consider two people, one screaming his or her head off out of excitement over a football game on TV and another sitting in a meditation hall with a sore back. Some will say that the smart one is the one enjoying the game and some will say that the smart...

Clear Water, Muddy Water

My law partner walked into my office a few years ago and announced that he had just had an amazing conversation. You won’t believe this, he began, but I just spoke to a guy who said he has no cell phone, no computer, and no idea what the Internet is, and this guy...

Terrorism and Religions

This blog and its website will come down immediately (to the chagrin of a very few, if anyone) if I ever encounter a passage in a Buddhist sutra that says: Have faith in the Buddha so that you can go to heaven when you die. Or one that says: If you don’t...

Are Buddhists Vegetarians?

I know self-proclaimed Buddhists who brag that they eat meat because they have transcended all notions of right and wrong and are no longer concerned about trivial issues such as eating veggies or the dead bodies of slaughtered animals. They proclaim that only the unenlightened care about such a non-issue. “Grow...

Theravada and Rinzai Zen

The Anapanasati Sutta teaches the sixteen steps the Buddha followed to develop the mindfulness that led to his enlightenment. It is well-known to Theravada monks and nuns (to use a Western term that doesn’t really fit; these “monks and nuns” worship no one), but not to the ordinary people who live in...

Dreams Within Dreams

We can all agree that nothing happens in a dream. Most dreams are classified as anxiety dreams - we dream about what we worry about. More than once we have all awakened and realized with a sense of relief that we have been dreaming and all those worrisome thoughts were about something that...

Have You Made A Good Choice?

  A client who had invented a very clever way to keep track of NASCAR driver standings (we applied for and obtained a patent for it) explained to me that getting kids involved with NASCAR would solve the problems of the world. The drivers, he advised me, were the ultimate...

Arousing the Mind

Rinzai Zen teachers assign koans to students in order to arouse the mind of the student. So we apply logic in order to answer the koan, as if it were a riddle, and the teacher tells us we are getting colder, not warmer. So we switch to non-logic and start...

Dark energy and Zen

I have vented to some extent my outrage over Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs simply because I hold the strong opinion that such programs demote Buddhism to just another self-help philosophy. Something fit for a PBS fundraising show. But outrage and holding opinions, whether strong or soft, can originate only from...

Prostrations Support Zazen

I don’t recall any Buddhist sutra or sutta that mentions prostrations as a Buddhist practice. I don’t know the history of how prostrations became a part of Buddhist practice. It may even come from the repulsive practice of bowing down to a king or some other authoritarian bully who commands it. But a voluntary prostration...

Sakkaya Ditthi Sumedho

Sakkaya ditthi, the wrong view of self, is the first of the ten fetters that bind unenlightened beings. Its counterpart or antidote is Right View or Right Understanding, the first fold of the Eightfold Path. Until we arrive at samma ditthi, the correct view of self, it’s hard to loosen the...

Emptiness Is Fullness

“All sentient beings” includes ourselves but “no sufferer is found, no doer of the deeds is there.” No person enters Nirvana and the path has no traveler. So who suffers, who does deeds, who enters Nirvana and who travels the path? Who finds the answer to these questions? When the...

Judge not…Divide Not

The famous Bible (Matthew) verse: “Judge not that ye be not judged” has two (2) meanings, I think. The obvious, mundane meaning is that the law of karma (the law of cause and effect) will operate and we will be judged by others if we first judge them. The second, deeper...

Empty the cup, Practice Zen

A learned professor once sought out Japanese Zen master Nan-In. He told the master that he was well-read on Zen matters and did not need introductory lessons. He just wanted advanced instruction as to what should be done to attain enlightenment. The master offered the visitor a cup of tea...

For Whom The Bell Tolls

If there is no independent self, what is there? Buddhism teaches that nothing exists independently of anything else. Everything we see, hear, smell, taste or touch is connected to something else. Nothing exists in a vacuum. John Donne’s Meditation XVII, published in 1624, includes the passage made famous by Ernest...

The Ox of Enlightenment

The Ten Ox-Herding Pictures provide a framework for the How To Practice Zen program. Although they were not intended by their artist to be used as a guide, they provide a good outline for building an authentic, daily Zen practice. The pictures appeared in the twelfth century. They were based on...

Venerable Ajahn Brahm

When venerable Ajahn Brahm received some beautifully wrapped gifts when visiting Japan, he left them wrapped and started through the customs line. He was advised to open the packages before going through customs, just in case someone had unscrupulously planted drugs in one of the gifts, using the monk as...

Why do we sit? Why breathe?

Modern Zen practitioners usually sit on mats and cushions indoors but we practice outdoors whenever it’s reasonable to do so. Even the Buddha eventually established monasteries where people could sit indoors. The purpose of sitting in meditation is not to see how much hardship a person can endure. We don’t...

Zen and Foolishness

The word “Zen” means meditation. However, Zen meditation is unlike Hindu, Christian, and Islamic meditation. It requires no belief in a creed, a guru, a savior, a prophet, or a god. Belief in an outside entity is a roadblock to Zen practice; the Buddha is nothing other than the true...

No Two Things. They Are Us.

A man wrote a letter to the editor of The St. Petersburg Times in the spring of 2009, saying that he wanted oil companies to drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico off the west coast of Florida “because we need a victory over the all-powerful environmentalists.” That was...

Mirrors, Mind and Equilibrium

The mind is the mind of a Satan if it is not the awakened mind of the Buddha. A Buddha mind does not divide reality into categories, nor does it like and dislike. Like a mirror, it simply accepts what is and its equanimity is not affected by the scene...

Karma and the Satanic Mind

If we find ourselves today in an unpleasant situation, it is because every thought we have ever had, every act we have ever performed, has brought us to that situation. Where we are now is the sum total of every thought we’ve entertained and everything we’ve ever done. That’s the...

The Goal Of Zen Practice

As we work our way through the ten steps of the How To Practice Zen program, we will gradually begin to understand what the Augustinian monk Abraham of Santa Clara meant when he said: “He who dies before he dies does not die when he dies.” Abraham’s quote echoes the words...

Psychotherapy Anyone?

My unenlightened, judgmental mind tells me that Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction demotes Buddhism to just another stress-reduction program in competition with yoga classes, tai chi exercises, and those twelve step programs. Ugh. However, if a person is under so much stress that they can’t practice, then MBSR is available for such...

The rabbit that cooked itself

Although the term “Zen” is usually translated as “meditation,” the actual practice of sitting meditation is just  part of Zen practice. Zen meditation is not the same thing as Hindu meditation where the practitioner recites a mantra with closed eyes in an effort to merge with some higher being. The...

The Sniper and Jesus

In the spring of 2009, I saw a pickup truck with “My boss is a Jewish carpenter” on one bumper and “This vehicle will be unoccupied in case of Rapture” on the other. Centered on the glass behind the passenger compartment was the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (the logo of...

The Ninth Fetter

The unenlightened mind suffers from agitation. A mind that is not agitated is a mind at rest. Although there are many techniques for quieting the mind, Buddha Name Recitation works for most people. The name Amitabha has a certain charm that brings feelings of peace and quiet to those who...

The Tenth Fetter

The last and final fetter that an arahat breaks in order to realize nirvana/nibbana is the fetter of ignorance of the Four Noble Truths. Funny, but among the first things we learn of when studying Buddhism are the Four Noble Truths. Yet these truths are the last things we learn....

The Heart Sutra

Nor is there pain or cause of pain or cease in pain or noble path to lead from pain, not even wisdom to attain, attainment too is emptiness. As Red Pine points out in his superb translation and commentary on The Heart Sutra, these lines were penned to directly refute...

The Seventh Fetter

The Pali texts define the seventh fetter as attachment to formlessness. The three worlds are: 1. The world of desire, which is the one we live in, together with hell dwellers, hungry ghosts, animals, asuras, other humans, and the gods of the world of desire; (keep in mind that these are levels...

The Fourth and Fifth Fetters

Sense desire is the fourth fetter and ill will or hatred is the fifth. According to the Pali canon, if we can break the first three fetters of sakkaya ditthi, doubt, and belief in the efficacy of rites and rituals, and at least weaken the fourth and the fifth fetters, we become...

Robert Aitken, Roshi

I decided to visit my sister in Hawaii for the first time in ten years and was determined to visit the Diamond Sangha at the Palolo Valley Zen Temple while there. Roshi Aitken, 93, was living on the premises and I got to see him on Sunday, August 1, 2010....

The Eighth Fetter Conceit

The eighth fetter, conceit, seems at first to be a lot like the first fetter, sakkaya ditthi, the wrong view of self. The eighth fetter, however, is more subtle. We may acquire the right view of self yet still feel distinctiveness, i.e., we may compare ourselves with others and find...

Sakkaya Ditthi Spirit Rock

This is a copy of an email I received June 14, 2010 from the Contact Us page of the old static html How To Practice Zen.com website, and my reply which I regret. I am not balanced, yet seek to be. I am torn between two worlds-so it seems. But I...

Stream Entry Fetters 1-3

Sometimes we try to learn too much, too fast. That’s why it’s good to let the concept of sakkaya ditthi sink in for a long time. We need time to ponder the thought that we are not what we thought we were. How many people can hear the teaching of...

Cultivate or Waste Time?

Entrance to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas One person quit our local Zen sitting group with the question: Why should I sit and torture myself when I could be out and about, having a good time? The question was posed by email, and this is the response I provided...

Rebirth of a Hillbilly

It is not hard to imagine that after we are dead and gone, some other life form will appear. After all, we appeared after Ben Franklin and a lot of other people were out of here. After we are gone, an earthworm will be born. So will a fish. And...
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