Saturday, July 25, 2015
Let's face the facts in this simulation. Motion is change. Time is change. Motion, in time, is change. Even if we escape into a hermitage in the Sierra Foothills, there are times (pun) when we need something to do and something somewhere needs to be done. Or so we think. Otherwise, what is the POINT of this simulation? Sweeping the some of the dust off the patio comes to mind. One can never sweep ALL of the dust off of the patio so, despite our best efforts, dust - even a mote - remains. For jocks in the crowd, the score is dust = 1, humans = 0. Even to dust, we lack significance. This has nothing to do with the myth about removing the wooden beam (or the plank of a pirate) from your own eye before you criticize a sawdust speck in your brother's eye. Besides, my sibling is a sister of WHOM that folkloric collection is mute. So it is with stilling the mind in Zazen. What is the mind? What is still? What is Zazen? None of this matters - not in the least. But sweeping some of the dust off of the patio matters - but only in the least. It was, after all, the karma of the dust to land in this place. Why mess with karma? Because you CAN. Wear your Samue when you mess with karma. And loose the yamaka.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
All my friends walk up to me and say: "Joe, how do I patent my idea?" O.K., it's a mixed metaphor. You don't ask a boxer for legal advice. And you don't ask me for ANYTHING. But THINK. When you face an obstacle, a roadblock, a problem... In a Japanese picto-gram or Kanji (borrowed from China), problem is a gate with an obstacle in front of it. Passing through the gate is apparently inhibited. 狭き 門 a narrow gate also represents an obstacle for wide people. you think PAST the problem, and not get bogged down by the apparent obstruction the problem immediately presents. But THINKING should not be inhibited by symbols. Nor should THINKING be inhibited by apparent obstacles. And, since objectivism (worshipping objects or icons), capitalism (worshipping money), and materialism (worshipping possessions) are each obsticles they must be set aside in Zazen. the gateless gate is that the gate itself symbolizes an apparent object, an apparent icon. The essence of Zen is iconoclastic but Zen is NOT hostile. Thinking is not violence and violence is not thinking.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
“Rainbow universes were pure speculation before this happened.” “We had some solid math backing us up, of course, but none of us ever dreamed we would live to see this day.” Time has no beginning. Another myth bites the dust. What if the universe had no beginning, and time stretched back infinitely without a big bang to start things off? That's one possible consequence of an idea called "rainbow gravity," so-named because it posits that gravity's effects on spacetime are felt differently by different wavelengths of light, aka different colors in the rainbow.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
the traumatizing events in adolescent development. I - and a growing list of others - certainly do. Most folks got no fetchin' up in terms of psychology, childhood development, or household fables. Many young people consider Christianity as fearing homosexuality. The only "Classic" some read is the bible. A world outside of that box can not, in their myopic view, exist. Again a little fetchin' up might help 'em out - if they can read. And Xtianity should have nothing to fear - except maybe the truth. What would Joe Ratzinger say? In my opinion - biased as it is - any adult that has sex with an adolescent is a THEIF that is stealing innocence from the vulnerable. Such behavior is unethical. This is not Rome or Greece during the time of Aristophanes. Read, if you can read. Think, if you can think. Take responsibility for your own choices and actions. First, do no harm. Steal neither innocence nor security from a child. Turn OFF the TV if you have children in the house. Hand them a book - if you can find one. But, all that "recent issues" stuff aside, what was 1950s TV like? Impoverished - poor quality - in content and delivery. And Billie? Not financially impoverished but intellectually questionable. WIKI here
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Just google "tasteless art" and you will find it on BLACK VELVET. If, for example, you find THS PICTURE displayed as "art," then don't sit on all them there dogs that are sleeping on the sofa! Jeff Christie) appear on black velvet? Wait, and see. One day, Rush might be honest - tell the truth. That black velvet just might turn out to be pink.