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Russian Blog 8. DOSTOYEVSKY’S “THE IDIOT”: GREAT PSYCHOLOGICAL INSIGHT, BUT “IDIOT” SPIRITUALITY? My last quest in Russia. Carter Vincent Smith December 2010

1. ALEXANDER NEVSKY MONASTERY CEMETERY.  I’m standing in the snow in the Alexander Nevsky Monastery cemetery looking at a marble image of the great Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky —  searching for inspiration in his cold stone  eyes.  As part of a three-month theater project … Continue reading

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Blog 7 Swan Lake, Thanksgiving, Hermitage, Novgorod, Moscow, Red Square,

Blog 7 Swan Lake, Thanksgiving, Hermitage, Novgorod, Moscow, Red Square, In a snow storm on the day before Thanksgiving, Franny and I went to the famed Mariinskiy Theater (arguably the best opera/ballet in the world) to see an magical performance … Continue reading

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Blog6a Nov16, 2010 Russia

Blog6a Nov16 — A day in my life in Russia Its been over 3 weeks since I last blogged. We have done museums, parks, cathedrals, ballet, opera, puppet theater, and started getting our new Pokoleniy theater in to shape for … Continue reading

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Blog5 Oct25 Habituating to Russia. When the extraordinary becomes ordinary. The Idiot, Christ, ballet, opera, cathedrals and Dom Knigi.

  Blog5 Oct25 Habituating to Russia. When the extraordinary becomes ordinary. The Idiot, Christ, ballet, opera, cathedrals and Dom Knigi. I have a friend and teacher, Shinzen Young, who has meditated and taught meditation for 40 years. He says that … Continue reading

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Blog4 Oct19 Reflections on life from Alexander Nevski Monastery.

Blog4 Oct19 Reflections on life from Alexander Nevski Monastery.   Oct 19. Alexander Nevski Monastery. Sitting in cafeteria overlooking garden, cemetery and cathedral. The widows are steamy and it’s near freezing outside. Why am I here in this monastery in … Continue reading

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Blog1 – September 8, 2010. – First report of Carter and Franny.

Blog1 – September 8, 2010. – First report of Carter and Franny.   Greetings from Berlin. Its cool and misty today. Franny wanted a day of rest so I decided to report. While old, Berlin feels like a young and … Continue reading

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Blog2 – September 27, 2010. – Second report of Carter and Franny

Blog2 – September 27, 2010. – Second report of Carter and Franny Berlin was full of war and holocaust and memorials and renewal — and edgy edgy art — and scary tattooed be-ringed skinheads that hop of the trolley to … Continue reading

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