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This video is awesome. It is Daido Loori, Roshi talking about what Zen Buddhism is.

http://www.dharma-tv.net/video/daido/zen.html

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Poor TV anchor. This is probably the funniest joke fail I’ve ever seen. ha!

 

 

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Tricycle has a nice little piece remembering Master Seung Sahn. Seung Sahn was a prolific Korean Zen Master who founded the Kwan Um School of Zen and is most remembered for his teachings on “don’t know mind.”

I’ve posted a few times about Master Seung Sahn on this blog.

The Tricycle article can be found here

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Depression Rocks!

"Depression Rocks!" 24"x30" Oil over Found Painting 2011 by Diane DiMassa

I’ve been feeling like I take the same picture. I don’t have a ton of readers of the blog, but I have enough of an audience that I was feeling self conscious about being dull & repeatitive. Further, I had been finding photography to be less satisfying as it started feeling more stilted. So  I did something I don’t normally do and reached out to an artist friend, Diane DiMassa, and asked her for advice.

“Diane – I have been doing a photo a day project for almost a year. Recently, I feel like I’m taking the same photo over and over and over. Do you have any advice for how to break out of a rut?”
  1. Take some pictures purposely with the worst composition you can.
  2. Frame up a shot then turn around and shoot what’s directly opposite.
  3. Shoot something you despise that you would never think of wasting a shot on.
  4. Take a picture of something you’re not supposed to take a picture of.
  5. Scream at your camera
  6. Turn 12 and take 50 pictures of your junk. Do not post.

I found her advice to be both witty, and very helpful. I haven’t spent a sustained period of time trying to be creative before and I found I was getting very mechanical in what I was shooting. I had prided myself on “taking photos of things people would walk by” but that gets boring after the 17th post of a rusted piece of metal.

An additional comment I got that were help was from my friend Liz. ” Sometimes the answer comes when you figure out what it is that is making you to take the “same” photo over and over. The answer is in the problem…” Of course, Tom D. had to chip in, “You should quit. Art is too hard.”

Diane DiMassa is a pretty awesome artist and her website can be found at www.dianedimassa.com.

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Brad Warner answers the question, “How is Zazen different from meditation?” And I think he does so quite well.

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Howl by Allen GinsbergWord cloud’s from Wordle.net might just be my favorite thing in the entire world recently. I’ve been making a bunch recently and I just get a kick out of taking the texts of whole documents and dropping them in. I did 2 weeks of AIM chats between me and my wife, the Gospel of John, and the Dhammapada to name a few.

This image is Allen Ginsberg’s epic, “Howl.”

http://www.wordle.net to make your own!

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