Category Archives: Zen

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: CONTAINERS, 2

Then there’s a box of stone unexpectedly containing — flowers! It makes me think of a famous haiku by Basho: The temple bell stops. But the sound keeps coming out of the flowers.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: UNIQUE

Many emotions mingle in this photo — Delight at having captured the essence of something I loved, nostalgia for a place I love and probably will never visit again, sorrow because this unique “bonsai” tree (which was actually lifesize, that … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Self-Portrait (1)

A bold one, stepping out right into the picture, here I am!

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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Hot (1)

Let’s start off a hot week with a photo of a place hotter and steamier than anywhere I’ve ever been in my life, even Houston.  This is summer in Japan, where it’s hot, it’s humid, it’s relentless, and even in … 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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A Paradox —

One may only get that which he is willing to let go of. The cool water of the running stream may be scooped up with open, overflowing palms. It cannot be grasped up to the mouth with clenching fists, no … Continue reading

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Meditation WHERE?

Lots of my friends and acquaintance are deeply into meditation. Depending on their years and experience and personality, they have different views about where and how to practise it. (One of my closest blogging companions is off on a preciously … Continue reading

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