Tuesday, September 02, 2014

10 Days Off - Day Four

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After a slightly rainy Saturday, the weather cleared up for the rest of the holiday weekend.    

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Here are some random Seattle street scenes.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

10 Days Off - Day Two

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Rainy Saturday morning in Seattle, Washington (are there any other kind?).

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Friday, August 29, 2014

10 Days Off - Day One

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Seattle.  Delta flight in the afternoon got me to the Pacific Northwest in time to take in some sights along the waterfront, including Pike's Place Market.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

And Now For Something Completely Different

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2009
And pow!, just like that, in an instant, everything changes.

In other words, college football starts tonight and I'm off work for the next 10 days.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Marbutt Supply Company, Adairsville, Georgia
Full fathom five thy father lies; of his bones are coral made. Those are pearls that were his eyes. Nothing of him that doth fade but that suffers a sea change into something rich and strange, and I alone am left to tell the tale.
Call me Ishmael.
(William Shakespeare, from The Tempest)


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Questions


Sheri Brown, Seattle, 2011

If faith is to be based on empirical evidence and not blind belief, should not The Four Noble Truths better be called The Four Theorems or The Four Propositions, or even The Four Practices (accepting the existence of suffering, abandoning the cause of suffering, realizing the cessation of suffering, and cultivating the eightfold path)?

And while we're at it, should the various aspects of the eightfold path really be called "right" understanding, "right" thought, "right" speech, etc.?  Doesn't "right" imply an acceptance of dogma, and isn't it more than just a little dualistic?  If we're to whole-heartedly and completely practice the eightfold path, wouldn't "whole" or "complete" understanding, thought, speech and so on be a better label for the holistic engagement in the eightfold path?

Or, since the buddha-way existed before our knowing it or naming it, wouldn't it be best to not call it anything at all, but to just do it?