Looking for a widget that would provide me a convenient “To Do” list, I saw one called “The Jesus Koans.” Intrigued, I downloaded it to see what it was. If I was intrigued before downloading it, I am “intrigued +” now.
In the event that you don’t know what a “widget” is, at least in Apple computer terms, widgets are mini-applications that you download and install into what is called the “Dashboard” so that they are readily and instantly available to you and add new functionality to your computer. Click an icon on your desktop and “voila!” the program is up and running; click the desktop and “poof!” its gone.
Back to The Jesus Koans.
“Koans” are parables, typically associated with buddhism. More specifically, a koan is defined as “a story, dialogue, question, or statement in the history and lore of Chán (Zen) Buddhism, generally containing aspects that are inaccessible to rational understanding, yet may be accessible to intuition. A famous kōan is: ‘Two hands clap and there is a sound; what is the sound of one hand?'”
In exploring the site from which it springs, it is similar in some ways to what Mark Virkler teaches in regards to communicating with God, an exercise that I have found to be both fascinating and extremely helpful. I’ve not done enough perusing of the Jesus Koans site to give an “official” opinion (you DO know what “opinions” are like, don’t you?), but I’m definitely intrigued.
I discovered some time ago that you often have to spit out seeds and bits of shell if you want to be able to savor some of the really good things in life. Seems The Jesus Koans may be of that type.
I did install the widget and that will probably be my primary exposure to it for the time being. I’m sure it will clamor for my attention and I’ll go jump in the deep end of the pool and swim around a bit.
Shucks, I might even give my “opinion” of how the swim was…