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Welcome To Zensylvania

Welcome to Zensylvania. My name is Eric Adriaans and I’ll be your host, tour-guide or master of ceremonies. You decide which. In Zensylvania, I explore zen, meditation, tai chi, motorcycles and a variety of other obsessions which continue to provide me with meaningful and sometimes unexpected insight into living the kind of life I want to live and being the kind of person I want … Continue reading Welcome To Zensylvania

August 1834, Demerara

A ship of the firm Sanders Crossing Company, arrived at Georgetown Landing on the first day of August, 1834. Mr. Alfred Jingle studied this date distinctly, and celebrated it as his birthday thereafter.  It was a matter of considerable weight in his mind. The majority of Alf Jingle’s voyage-mates had found the journey a grueling and tiresome affair. Not Jingle. Employing his unusual and distinctive … Continue reading August 1834, Demerara

Learning

Several months after my forty-fourth birthday, I purchased a battered and abused 1982 Yamaha XJ Five-fifty Maxim. While I had previously owned and enjoyed many different cars and trucks, the Maxim was my first motorcycle. So far, it has been my only motorcycle. In part, I acquired the Maxim to fulfill a long-deferred curiosity and ambition. That being, of course, to learn how to ride … Continue reading Learning

Footnotes to Niksen: An Inquiry into Doing Nothing

I began this inquiry as a response to a book that I found at the local public library in my community. I read the book over the course of a few days, expecting to find little other than a standard, light-reading, member of the trendy “wellness” self-help genre. My expectations were mostly fulfilled. But the book managed to extend slightly beyond those expectations, occasionally, to … Continue reading Footnotes to Niksen: An Inquiry into Doing Nothing

Footnotes To Buddhism’s Four Seals

This essay was originally drafted as a reaction to Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse’s 2008 book What Makes You Not a Buddhist. I did not enjoy the book the first time I read it. Probably, I wanted the book to be something other than it is. Now, a few years later, I appreciate it significantly more by taking an altered perspective. While I still don’t agree with … Continue reading Footnotes To Buddhism’s Four Seals

Footnotes: Tai Chi and Movement as Metaphor

Who hasn’t heard or seen Tai Chi described as meditative movement? It’s an extremely appealing description. As a beginner, I can’t claim to have attained a meditative state. After six or eight months of not-quite-daily practice, the flailing of my limbs is starting to require less conscious effort and feels less awkward. When I think of the movements and even while performing the movements, I … Continue reading Footnotes: Tai Chi and Movement as Metaphor

Footnotes to Being Water: An Inquiry into The Lee Family Philosophy

As a happy coincidence to my decision to practice of Tai Chi, I stumbled-upon Shannon Lee’s Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee at my local public library. The book clearly acts as much as a bridge to Shannon Lee’s podcast as it does the Lee family’s legacy and philosophy. Naturally, all of these things are interconnected. This broader connectedness led me to … Continue reading Footnotes to Being Water: An Inquiry into The Lee Family Philosophy

Footnotes to an Archetype: An Inquiry into “Leviathan”

In 2016, I published a small collection of poems which I titled Leviathan: The Biographia Isocratica of Adrian Kun. The title poem, my “Leviathan”, continues to be one of my personal favourites. I wrote the first draft of that poem about twenty years earlier. “Leviathan”, the word and image that I used as the poem’s title is a metaphor and archetype drawn from a vast … Continue reading Footnotes to an Archetype: An Inquiry into “Leviathan”

Leviathan: The Biographia Isocratica of Adrian Kun

Written and collected primarily by the light of a coal-oil lamp over the course of twenty-five years, my Leviathan is a mix of allegorical blank verse, allusive haiku and updated sonnet forms. Leviathan is geographically rooted in Ontario from the boreal forests of Thunder Bay, Ottawa and Sault Ste. Marie to the Carolinian forests of Southwestern Ontario. This 124-page softcover book was published (ISBN 978-0-9950966-0-8) … Continue reading Leviathan: The Biographia Isocratica of Adrian Kun