Saturday, March 12, 2016

sort this through

Yes is not the negation of no.

Yes incorporates no just as up is down where the two reside simultaneously in verticality.

Mind knows difference.

Heart feels each as each.

No difference?

Yes. Completely. Itself.

Friday, March 11, 2016

foot of the ox

Is anything ever what it seems to be?
Chapter I. The Twin-Verses 
1. All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage. 
2. All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him 
(--beginning of the Dhammapada, translated by F.Max Muller) 
 Hardly ever!

Thursday, March 10, 2016


If I had to say anything about belief, or even a philosophy of education, here is what I believe and think for now:


I trust and have faith in nothing other 

than direct and immediate radical 

individual experience --

what is real realizing itself

here and now presenting

as it is innate and inchoate

emerging throughout.

(--wfh, 10mar16)

Rokpa, Old Orchard Beach, looking
Let's see . . .

anything else?

No , , ,

this is enough,

That's it!

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

all times, and, the whole

I have nothing to say about God. If there is a God, that God could no doubt speak for itself.

If, as some like to say, there is a Higher Power, the same applies. Nothing anyone says does anything to verify that Higher Power’s place in the world or above it.

What, then, can be said? I don’t know. I really don’t. 

These following words tell us something about the where and the when of anything being said:

7.2 Zero Time and Zero Space

Yet Zen thinks that the preceding is still a partial understanding of “here and now.” To fully understand it, it is helpful to examine the following often-quoted phrase, as it is particularly illustrative. Zen demands the practitioner “to show one’s original face before one’s parents were born.” This demand points to an experiential dimension prior to the bifurcation between the subject and the object—and hence “not two”—where “prior” means negation of the spatial-temporal ordering principles such as in Kant’s understanding of time and space as a priori forms of intuition. It points to a non-dualistic experiential dimension that is zero time and zero space, by which Zen means that neither time nor space is a delimiting condition for Zen-seeing. In zero time there is no distinction between past, present, and future, or between “before” and “after,”; in zero space there is no distinction between the whole and its parts. One can also say that both time and space, experienced from the point-of-view of the everyday standpoint, is relativized when zero time temporizes and zero space spatializes, where zero time and zero space characterize the bottomless ground. Accordingly, Zen contends that zero time and zero space are the natural and primordial being of all things including human beings, for they are all grounded in it. Taking these points together, the Zen enlightenment experience suggests a leap from a causal temporal series. 
Consequently, Zen contends that “here and now” is enfolded in both zero time and zero space. This means that one time contains all times and one part contains the whole, as in the case of a holographic dry plate in which a part contains the whole. Seen in this manner, “now” for the Zen person is a temporalization of zero time, while “here” is equally a spatialization of zero space, even though he or she may be anchored in the perceptual field of “here and now” as understood above. In other words, for the Zen person both “now” and “here” are experienced as an expression of thing-events in their suchness, because, as mentioned in the foregoing, Zen takes zero time and zero space to be the original abode of thing-events. Caution must be exercised here, however. Zen’s zero time should not be confounded with the idea of eternity standing outside a temporal series (e.g., Thomas Aquinas, Newton’s “absolute time”) by means of a logical or intellectual transcendence, nor the zero space to be identified with “absolute space” (e.g., Newton) wherein there is no content of experience. In other words, Zen does not understand time and space by imposing a formal category on them, by presupposing in advance a form-matter distinction, which indicates an operation of the discursive mode of reasoning by appealing to the either-or, dualistic, and ego-logical epistemological structure.There. These are words that present themselves on the page.

(--Japanese Zen Buddhist Philosophy, First published Wed Jun 28, 2006; substantive revision Tue Feb 10, 2015)

Now, then, a brief nap might help.

special announcement pertaining to upcoming election

I’m ready to made an endorsement.

I endorse Noman Nowoman for highest office.

(Andrei Rublev’s Icon of The Trinity)

Please refer questions to my unimpressed secretary Mr. Mu-ge.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Incense and candle touched by fire

In surgery


Time for quiet 

Monday, March 07, 2016

letter, night before

Poet Stanley Kunitz wrote: “End with an image and dont explain.” (--inThe Collected Poems)

So here’s how I’ll end: 

There was a room that had a door. The door did not know why it was there. To hold out? To let in? It wasn’t sure. One day the door handle said to the door, “You don’t decide who comes in or who goes out, I do.” The door thought about these words. It became unhinged. A feeling of joy slipped through its wood veins as it leaned against the wall.

I wish you health, comfort, and peace of mind in these hours. In these days.

And also love.

heart sutra candlelight

Full table practice
Is form, was emptiness

Sunday, March 06, 2016

isnow, willbe & noti -- three nonillusioned mendicants

takuhatsu, wandering begging, this political season, very little nutritious rice falling into tubular cloth, malnourished people, sad land