Saturday, September 24, 2016

At The Strut

That's the East Atlanta Strut, an annual autumn tradition 'round these parts, although today it felt more like a mid-summer event.  Still, it was Britney's first Strut, so that made it all the nicer.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Doctor Allen's House

"Slowly and gently one weaves one's seal into everything one does or is. It is an unceasing process which gives one's life and all one's actions one's own pattern. Even an unborn child is already shaping his life. The result of this process is a character and destination which can hardly be changed anymore, like the liquid metal which is very hard after cooling down. So be careful with the moments when you still can shape things." - Oracle from the 5th moving line of Sun, the 57th Hexagram.

We understand that our day-to-day experience is an illusion.  We get it, but that illusion is so persistent and compelling that it keeps us from attaining the peace and calmness we desire.  We want to break through the illusion and embrace all manners of different practices and intellectual reasoning to get there.  But it is not only the day-to-day experiences that are an illusion, it is also the concept that we are somehow separate from that peace and calmness which we desire.  In other words, it's the conceptualization of peace and calmness that prevents us from experiencing peace and calmness.

The oracle tells us to pause, take a backward step, and carefully consider our actions before engaging in them.  We can't get out of our own way by repeating the patterns of the past.  We can't get out of our own way by initiating new patterns.  In stillness, we can realize that the present moment and the destination are one and the same.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

I maintain several blogs now, or to put it more accurately, several blogs now maintain me. A daily blog is a demanding mistress.

I recognize and admit that this blog has lately devolved into nothing more than daily postings of random photographs (pic related), a few cryptic statements, some cut-and-paste Zen gibberish, and the occasional travelogue.  

Most of my energy as of late has been going into the music blog, Music Dissolves Water, which lately has included more than just videos I like and reviews of shows, although there's still lots of both of those. But I've also been subversively sneaking some dharma between the beats, as well as some philosophy, I Ching, and, of course, autobiography, because it's all about me, right?  What's a blog, anyway, if not a celebration of the ego?

The energy ebbs and flows.  At other times, MDW is an embarrassing collection of trendy, flavor-of-the-week, P4k hype, and my energy is back over here at WDW.  Then it's the other way again, and on many days there's no energy that goes into either, nothing posted but a couple of thudding turds on both sites, and on some rare days, very rare days, I simultaneously knock it out of the park on both sites, if I should say so myself.  

Anyway, I'm just saying "Hi" (Hi!).  If you're bored of what's here, stop by there, and if that's not to your taste, then stay here or better yet, start your own blog.  I'm sure you can do this better than I do. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sickness and medicine heal each other.  The whole earth is medicine.  Where do you find yourself?
You and the whole earth are not separate.  Approximately 1,000 pounds of the whole earth passes through you each year, and there's not a molecule in your body that hasn't already been part of countless other forms, including distant exploding supernovas. 

You are the whole earth and the whole earth is medicine.  You are the medicine that heals sickness and you are the sickness that heals the medicine.  So, at that moment, who are you?

As John Daido Loori once said, "Forget about all the Buddhist sutras, forget about all the koans.  Just find out who you are, what the self is.  To save all sentient beings begins with saving yourself.  Once you save yourself, there's no distinction between you and all sentient beings."

Monday, September 19, 2016

Zen Master Dogen once said something like, "We want to know the meaning of autumn's approaching, but even the pumpkins don't know."