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Zensylvania

Zensylvania

By Eric Adriaans
On the Zensylvania podcast, your host Eric Adriaans explores Motorcyle Zen, Tai Chi and other activities that result in what he calls the Zensylvania state of mind. Zensylvania was inspired by three books: Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Alfred North Whitehead's Process and Reality and The Zen Teachings of Homeless Kodo. So you can count on a whole lot of time spent on those books. But along the way, the podcast will include original fiction, poetry, philosophy, interviews and any content that fits the bill.
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Zensylvania Meta-Cast Two
As I begin the Zensylvania Podcast, it occurs to me that listeners might find it interesting and/or useful to have a “meta” version of the podcast where I talk about my experience with launching this new project. So welcome to the first edition of the Zensylvania Meta-Cast where I chronicle the trials and triumphs of launching a podcast for the first time. I hope you're inspired to launch a creative project of your own. This month, I expand on topics I began talking about in the first Meta-Cast. Do you have thoughts to share? Leave a voice message for the Zensylvania Podcast and we may include it in this episode or a future episode:  https://anchor.fm/zensylvania/message You can support the Zenyslvania Podcast at: www.patreon.com/zensylvaniapodcast Thank you for visiting Zensylvania: It's a State of Mind
26:53
October 14, 2021
Footnotes to Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Part One: Title and the “Author’s Note”)
In this episode, Eric talks about why so many of the essays in Zensylvania are titled as "footnotes" to something and reveals that the footnotes are actually a kind of footprint. The primary essay of the episode is an introduction to several reasons why Eric has decided to devote so much time to Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle. In this essay, we look at the title and the author's note. Do you have thoughts to share? Leave a voice message for the Zensylvania Podcast and we may include it in this or a future episode: https://anchor.fm/zensylvania/message Thank you for visiting Zensylvania: It's a State of Mind This episode is also available as a blog post: http://ericadriaans.com/2021/02/21/footnotes-to-zen-and-the-art-of-motorcycle-maintenance-one-title-and-the-authors-note/
47:26
October 2, 2021
Learning
Have you ever faced a time in your life when events were not in your control and the only certainty seemed to be...well, uncertainty? In Zensylvania, we've found that adopting the right state of mind is an essential tool to maintaining a grounded and resilient response to those difficult and uncertain times. A key part of making it though the challenging parts of your life might just be an open and resilient attitude toward learning a leisure activity like riding a motorcycle or practicing Tai Chi. The original version of this episode was released as a text-to-voice episode. Following listener feedback, we've replaced the text-to voice version of the essay with a complete reading. So here is the non-text-to-voice edition of "Learning". Do you have thoughts to share? Leave a voice message for the Zensylvania Podcast and we may include it in this episode or a future episode:  https://anchor.fm/zensylvania/message Thank you for visiting Zensylvania: It's a State of Mind This episode is also available as a blog post: http://zensylvania.com/2021/08/05/learning/
30:11
September 5, 2021
Zensylvania Meta-Cast One
As I begin the Zensylvania Podcast, it occurs to me that listeners might find it interesting and/or useful to have a “meta” version of the podcast where I talk about my experience with launching this new project. So welcome to the first edition of the Zensylvania Meta-Cast where I chronicle the trials and triumphs of launching a podcast for the first time. I hope you're inspired to launch a creative project of your own.
20:18
September 1, 2021
August 1834, Demerara
In this episode of the Zensylvania Podcast, I present a chapter of a work of fiction that I began writing several years ago.  The story begins to respond to the question, "What might have happened to Alfred Jingle when he arrived in South America?"  Alfred Jingle is the comic figure from Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers, first written and published in 1836 and 1837. I also use the story to begin exploring the Zen concept that the "self" does not exist... Following initial listener feedback, the original text-to-voice version of this episode has been replaced by a full reading by Eric (09/30/2021) Do you have thoughts to share? Leave a voice message for the Zensylvania Podcast and we may include it in this or a future episode: https://anchor.fm/zensylvania/message Thank you for visiting Zensylvania: It's a State of Mind. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://zensylvania.com/2021/08/26/august-1834-demerara/
01:01:45
August 26, 2021
Welcome To Zensylvania
Welcome to Zenzylvania. In this episode, Eric Adriaans explains what the Zensylvania podcast is all about. Listeners are encouraged to get a feel for the kind of content and design to expect in longer episodes. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://zensylvania.com/2021/08/03/welcome-to-zensylvania/
11:29
August 4, 2021