Wednesday, January 25, 2006

on contemplation...

... a reading...

the religious historian william k. mahoney invites us to consider "artistic and religious moments as arising from the practice and experience of contemplation." the term, he writes, comes from the latin con-templum, "a two- or three-dimensional space in which one is able to see sacred realities."

mahoney quotes the trappist monk thomas merton: "a door opens in the center of our being and we seem to fall through it into immense depths which, although they are infinite, are all accessible to us; all eternity seems to have become ours in one placid and breathless contact."

from william k. mahoney, "the artist as yogi, the yogi as artist," in parabola, "the creative response" (spring 1988), p. 69.

resources for the journey

parabola, "the creative response" (spring 1988)
thomas merton, new seeds of contemplation
joseph campbell, the inner reaches of outer space

... and tea

omotesenke fushin'an (a chanoyu (tea ceremony) tradition)
the new way of tea (an asia society exhibition)

drink deep!


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