Thursday, October 10, 2019

her son is a state trooper

May the deer

crossing rt 46

colliding with


be not hurt

and go on

As for the car

towed away

it will stay

in Brewer

for a long


The woman

volunteering to

drive two of four

to motel

was an angel

named Betsy

Two others

in wrecker

make their way

to body shop

then taxi

to Vacationland inn






as it is

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

by ceasing the activity of reification

Looking at dependent co-origination:
The way things are here and now, according to Buddhism, is neither existence nor non-existence, but rather the middle way of dependent co-origination. When this dynamic process of interconnected becoming is radically thought through, according to Nagarjuna, there is no (substantial) “thing” that comes into and goes out of existence. And this means that each and every phenomenal event is marked by—in the words of his famous eightfold negation—“non-origination, non-extinction; non-destruction, non-permanence; non-identity, non-differentiation; non-coming (into being), non-going (out of being).”28 The “uncompounded” is thus not someplace else, but is this world of non-substantial becoming seen aright. According to Nagarjuna, the root of samsaric existence is the activity or disposition (Sk. samskâra) that compounds phenomena into reified forms, forms that we attach ourselves to and then suffer the loss (of control) of. The “wise one” who sees into this vicious circle, therefore, ceases to “act” in the sense of “to create compounds.” But this cessation is presumably not a cessation of all “activity” as such; indeed, as Garfield puts it, by ceasing the activity of reification “we can achieve. . . a nirvana not found in an escape from the world but in an enlightened and awakened engagement with it.”29 The right effort to attain nirvana is thus not a will to nothingness, but leads rather to the realization that there is nothing to “attain.”30 Thus asamskrta refers not to an eternal realm outside the conditioned world of becoming, but to a more originary way of perceiving and dwelling in the world of dependent co-origination. 
(—in, Zen After Zarathustra: The Problem of the Will in the Confrontation Between Nietzsche and Buddhism, by Bret W. Davis, Project Muse, kindle)
 An enlightened and awakened engagement with the world.

...   ...   ...

asaṃskṛta (Sanskrit). The ‘unconditioned’, a term referring to anything that transcends conditioned (saṃskṛta) existence in the state of saṃsāra. The number of items deemed to be unconditioned varied according to the Abhidharmas of different schools of Buddhism. Most commonly, three items were counted: the cessation (or liberation) arising through insight (pratisaṃkhyā-nirodha), the cessation not arising through insight (apratisaṃkhyā-nirodha), and space (ākāśa).
A Dictionary of Buddhism, Oxford University Press, 2003, 2004 (which is available in electronic version from

גמר חתימה טובה

g’mar chatima tovah 

May you be inscribed for good [in the Book of Life]

This Yom Kippur.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

כָּל נִדְרֵי

This, tonight:
Kol Nidre /ˈkɔːl nɪˈdr/ (also known as Kol Nidrey or Kol Nidrei[1]) (Aramaicכָּל נִדְרֵי) is an Aramaic declaration recited in the synagoguebefore the beginning of the evening service on every Yom Kippur. Strictly speaking, it is not a prayer, although commonly spoken of as if it were. This dry legal formula and its ceremonial accompaniment have been charged with emotional undertones since the medieval period, creating a dramatic introduction to Yom Kippur on what is often dubbed "Kol Nidrei night".[2] It is written in Aramaic, not Hebrew. Its name is taken from the opening words, meaning all vows. The formula proactively annuls any personal or religious oaths or prohibitions made upon oneself to God for the next year, so as to preemptively avoid the sin of breaking vows made to God which cannot be or are not upheld.Kol Nidrei has had an eventful history, both in itself and in its influence on the legal status of the Jews. Introduced into the liturgy despite the opposition of some rabbinic authorities, it was attacked in the course of time by some rabbis and in the 19th century expunged from the prayer book by many communities of western Europe.[3]The term Kol Nidrei refers not only to the actual declaration, but is also popularly used as a name for the entire Yom Kippur evening service.[4] 
Amends follow.

Monday, October 07, 2019

making way

More about Sandokai:
The Sandokai is the work of Master Sekito Kisen (in Chinese: Shítóu Xīqiān) who was born in in southern China in 700 AD and died in 790 AD. This was an era in which Zen grew in popularity and began to emerge as a distinct school with many strong, dynamic personalities like Bodhidharma and Eno. However there were also disputes especially between the Northern school of Zen which emphasised a step by step, contemplative practice, and the Southern school which taught sudden awakening. 
Few facts are known about Sekito’s life. It is said that at the age of sixteen he was ordained as a monk by the sixth patriarch, Eno. Eno had numerous disciples of which the most important were Seigen and Nangaku. From these two evolved the two schools, Soto and Rinzai. Sekito eventually studied with Seigen and it was from him that he received dharma transmission. 
The name Sekito means “stone head” and derives from his doing zazen on a rocky ledge where he practised continuously day and night with great determination. 
What does Sandokai mean? 
San: the idea of difference, duality,phenomena, existences
– shiki (thesis). eg. Mountains and rivers, parents and children, satori and illusions, life and death, existence and non-existence. 
Do: the idea of identity, origin, the void, essence – ku (antithesis). 
Kai: mixture, fusion, interpenetration, harmony in a broad deep sense –
San and Do are both necessary for equilibrium, harmony. Intimately blended they realise the Middle Way. San enters Do, Do enters San: that is Kai. So, Sandokai means the harmony of phenomena and essence. 
Why did Sekito write it? It alludes to the split between the Northern and Southern schools as well as other dichotomies eg. one and many, light and dark, sameness and difference. It was also customary for a zen master as he neared the end of his life to sum up his life’s teaching in a testamentary poem. 
The Sandokai is very important in the Soto Zen tradition. It is chanted every day in Soto Zen temples throughout the world.


Hegelian dialectic.

Additional name for healing respite sails vessel — Sandōkai-Edelweiss

Sunday, October 06, 2019

what is...(so great)...about silence

Bruno, seeking silence and solitude, founded a place for both. 

A place for hermits, dedicated to learning and practicing the holy, long loving looking, active contemplative listening, open to the revelation of what is true. 

He died a Carthusian on this date in 1101 in Calabria.