Another weird coincidence involving Buddhism and a possible past life of mine has surfaced.
There was my discovery of the Wild Fox Koan (with the potentially useful admonition “don’t forget about cause and effect”) after recalling a possible past life as a fox near a Zen temple. Then there was the group of Buddhist monks who made sand mandalas at Salisbury Cathedral around the time I had a flash of insight that my experiences following John’s death were actually compatible with what was taught in the Bardo Thodol.
Here’s another one. It seems that very close to Philip K. Dick’s former high school, Berkeley High School in Berkeley, CA, there’s an institution called the Dharma College, a sort of Buddhist think tank apparently. And the street it’s on, Harold Way, was very nearly re-named “Dharma Way.”
So Phil went to school near, but not on, a street nearly called Dharma Way… and when you consider Phil’s erudite but troubled life and the double meanings of the phrase “Dharma Way,” well, it seems downright fitting. You could say he spent his whole life “near Dharma Way,” but not on it.
File this under “interesting.”