Category Archives: Buddha

Weekly Photo Challenge: ENDURANCE

Endurance, how many ways can we celebrate thee? I’ll lead off with a saying (in Latin, for added authority): ARS LONGA, VITA BREVIS Which can be translated as Life is Fleeting (Brief), but Art Endures (is Long). And nowhere is this more easily … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: ZIGZAG, 2

What beautiful memories these particular zigzags conjure up! These are the vermilion zigzag edges of the pagoda associated with Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto. Anyone complaining about August heat in New England just needs to head for Japan in the summer. The very definition of HOT! … Continue reading

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Making Room for — Everything

Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains, 3

The mountain dominates the small island upon which it stands. Its foothills are covered with straggly vegetation; there’s a curving beach below it; and the whole island rises out of the surrounding sea — But this “mountain” is actually the … Continue reading

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The Moon Will Not Mind —

People have ideas about Zen. Like, Zen is silent, simple, clear, no? Sometimes, NO! Here’s a great story that made me laugh, borrowed from one of my favorite blogs, John Weeren’s About Zen: A zen monk said: “There is nothing … Continue reading

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From a Single Candle —

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. The Buddha (With thanks to David Elpern’s thoughtful and provocative blog, Cell2Soul.)

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