Wednesday, May 31, 2006

reflecting this evening...

... on the evolution of the journey ...

oracle: journey
scanned, assembled and altered image
october 2004

a reading from the japanese buddhist monk gesshu (17th century)

in the midst of nothingness,
there is a road that goes directly
to my true home.

resources for the journey...

"all a mistake: poems of soto zen masters," translated by yasuda joshu roshi and anzan hoshin roshi
cleveland zen center
"the heart," the winter 2001 issue of parabola

and delighting in tea...

"the oneness of zen and tea," on sotozen-net

travel well!

Monday, May 29, 2006

reflecting this afternoon...

... on loss and remembrance ...

altar: journey
railroad tie, unfired porcelain vessel, tea, rain
west shore unitarian universalist church garden
rocky river, ohio
may - june 2004

a reading from the japanese haiku master basho (1644-1694)

the temple bell stops
but the sound keeps coming
out of the flowers

resources for the journey

reverend kathleen ellis, "just peace"
thich nhat hanh, creating true peace: ending violence in yourself, your family, your community, and the world
makoto ueda, "basho's life"
west shore unitarian universalist church

and remembering tea...

a reading from the venerable thich nhat hanh

years ago in vietnam, people used to take a small boat out into a lotus pond and put some tea leaves into an open lotus flower. the flower would close in the evening and perfume the tea during the night. in the early morning, when the dew was still on the leaves, you would return with your friends to collect the tea. on your boat was everything you needed: fresh water, a stove to heat it, teacups, and a teapot. then, in the beautiful light of the morning, you prepared the tea right there, enjoying the whole morning, drinking tea on the lotus pond.

from creating true peace: ending violence in yourself, your family, your community, and the world, quoted in "just peace" by reverend kathleen ellis.

may peace be with you,

Friday, May 26, 2006

reflecting this afternoon ...

... on the nature of presence...

meditation (being there)
scanned and altered image
may 26, 2006

a reading from the bengali poet rabindranath tagore

i have cast the net of my heart
the entire world is drawing me, pulling me
into the lap of its love

resources for the journey

william blake on poet-seers
leonard koren, wabi sabi for artists, designers, poets and philosophers
joanne h. stroud, "the future of beauty: gaston bachelard as guide"
rabindranath tagore on poet-seers

remembering tea and friends

numi's collection: assorted melange, from numi tea

love and best wishes,

Sunday, May 14, 2006

musing this morning...

... on the nature of the encounter...

confluence (in honor of gaston bachelard)
scanned and altered image
may 13, 2006

i walked the trails by the river,
reflecting on the meetings of the day...

resources for the journey

gaston bachelard, water and dreams: an essay on the imagination of matter
rivers of life, a k-12 resource, from hamline university
rivers and tides: andy goldsworthy working with time, from the trust for public land
cleveland metroparks

and stopping for tea at bella dubby's....

bella dubby's, 13321 madison avenue, lakewood, ohio
chocolate tea, from trader joe's

walk in peace,

Monday, May 08, 2006

reflecting this afternoon...

... on the nature of the vessel...

scanned and altered 35 mm slide

conceptvessel began in 2001, as an exploration of the hidden nature of the vessel... of the energies imparted on clay as it is worked by human hand, transformed by fire, and further transmuted through the digital process of image manipulation...

resources for the journey

vessels on
ceramics art and perception (some articles online)

and remembering tea and tea vessels...

tea storage jar: shigaraki ware
... from the cleveland museum of art's japanese art collection

be well!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

musing this morning...

... on the nature of the word...

altar ascent bliss buddha burning clarity compassion consciousness contemplation dependentcoarising dharma dissolution enlightenment fire ice impermanence interconnectedness journey light liminality mediatrix meditation mourning muse novena offering oracle path perception poetry portal psyche ritual river sacred saint sanctuary sangha secret shadow shrine soul space sutra tea time touch transcendence trees varada vessel vision water wind window wood zen

assembled flickr tags (of jeanne grossetti's images on flickr)
may 7, 2006

resources for the journey

flickr: online photo management and sharing
jeanne grossetti's images on flickr
tom white and david small (mit), stream of consciousness, an interactive poetic garden
thinkmap visual thesaurus
the moody blues, every good boy deserves favour (cd)

and tea...

pomegranite tea, from eastern shore tea company

love and best wishes,

Thursday, May 04, 2006

reflecting this evening...

... on the nature of pilgrimage...

a reading from the sufi poet jelaluddin rumi (13th century)

journeys bring power and love
back into you.
if you can't go somewhere,
move in the passageways of the self.
they are like shafts of light,
always changing, and you change
when you explore them.

resources for the journey

poet-seers, rumi
the essential rumi, translated by coleman barks
the seeker, the fall 2004 issue of parabola
the labyrinth society
labyrinth at trinity (episcopal) cathedral (cleveland, ohio)

and tea...

emperor's rooibos (red chai) herb tea, from the republic of tea

savor the journey!