Saturday, May 06, 2023


 It is a wonder

these massacres, mowing down

brothers and sisters —

Do we no longer care — shall 

we just murder and kill — you

zhentong and rangtong

Tricycle this morning: 

Two Views of Emptiness   

Emptiness is an important Buddhist concept for any serious practitioner. Realizing emptiness means that we are no longer limited by dualistic, self-centered thinking of self and other. But it’s not easy to get there—like many other aspects of practice and study, if we lack the understanding, we can’t fully embody this ideal of selfless thinking and action.

In this month’s Dharma Talk, Tibetan Buddhist scholar and translator Adele Tomlin helps break down this complex teaching, presenting us with the two views of emptiness—“empty-of-other” (Tib., zhentong) and “empty-of-self” (Tib., rangtong). These two views give us both an understanding of ultimate reality and insight into the relative world of impermanent phenomena. Offering examples from her book Taranatha’s Commentary on the Heart Sutra and practical implications from her own experience, Tomlin shares accessible insights into emptiness in order for us to bring the teaching into our everyday life and practice.

Click here to watch the full talk, A Bird with Two Wings: Flying with the Correct View of Emptiness.
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theodicy and three point shot

 Is there a god?

Is god touched by prayer?

Who are you?

Friday, May 05, 2023

no further questions

 How long will 

my heart

beat —

Until it stops . . .

joyful valediction


              (for Katherine)

Just before she died

my mother sent me letter —

said — “Love, and good luck.”

It was in my vestibule

Returning from funeral


 Alma Redemptoris Mater,  

Kind Mother of the Redeemer, 

Alma Redemptóris Mater,  
Kind Mother of the Redeemer,  
quæ pérvia cæli Porta manes, et stella maris, succúrre cadénti,  
gate of heaven, star of the sea, assist your people who have fallen, 

Súrgere qui curat, pópulo:  
as we strive to rise again, 
tu quæ genuísti, Natúra miránte, tuum sanctum Genitórem. 
To the wonderment of nature, you bore our Creator, yet remained a virgin as before. 

Virgo prius ac postérius, Gabriélis ab ore  
You who received Gabriel's joyful greeting, 
sumens illud Ave, peccatórum miserére. 
have pity on us poor sinners

death in early afternoon


           (hospice house)

Last week he did not

want a visit. This week he

no longer has wants 

Thursday, May 04, 2023

the solitude of recollection

Be there

Where no-one

Else is

teisho today

 Huang Po — Questions and Answers

(-in Daily Zen)

after reading news stories, a resignation

 At edge of cosmos

there’s a place without drama —

settling for something

simple like this moment, this

reality, these eyes, face

saving what we love

From Sojourners

Verse of the day 

Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. 

- Ephesians 4:31-32

Voice of the day 

That’s how we’re gonna win. Not fighting what we hate. Saving what we love. 

- Rose Tico, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Prayer of the day 

Lord, too often, your people are known more by what we hate than by what we love. May we put away all bitterness, wrath, and anger, and instead embrace love.

With gratitude.

october 1968, soundview, no más/mate-inez

 There is no other

Time — don’t be fooled by photos

Don’t fall for image

memory holds no semblance

Just what is hidden within

Wednesday, May 03, 2023


 Something written December 2011 in “This being the between we are”:

I practice accepting simplicity, anonymous service, accommodating silence. (asasas)

 If I were to reassess (asasas), I’d leave it as it is.

through sames of am through haves of give

 The actor and the 

director stood at bottom 

of stairs by car keys —

To understand another

just wait fifty seven years


 It becomes easy

To see the desperate rage

Shooters feel with gun 

in hand and nothing left but

The stark look on their faces


 Loyalty, to what —

So much rancid news, bad men

Rape women, tell lies,

Become symbols of deprave

Power, smile, say fake a lot

σκοτεινή νύχτα *

Nothing comes to mind

If you think of anything

It will not see light

. . .

        *(skoteiní nýchta, dark night)

Tuesday, May 02, 2023

you hold it together

Wrong finds its own way —

Right wanders toward others —

Knowing relation

new argument why guns are not the problem

 Headline: It is the

Failure of human body

To stop lead bullets


 Growing up with this man, this name, this stretch of streets and avenues, this theological point of view.

Today, again, a visit from Mnemosyne.

Athanasius of Alexandria, 296-373
May 2nd

The incarnation of Jesus is also one of the key factors which, alongside humans made in the image and likeness of God, forms Christian Anthropology. Specifically, incarnation is vital for understanding the concept of Divinisation of the Man, most well and elaborately developed in Orthodox Christianity and most well expressed by Church Fathers, such as St. Athanasius of Alexandria ("Therefore He was not man, and then became God, but He was God, and then became man, and that to deify us"[19]), St Cyril of Alexandria ("For we too are sons and gods by grace, and we have surely been brought to this wonderful and supernatural dignity since we have the Only Begotten Word of God dwelling within us."[20]) and numerous others.

Wikipedia, Incarnation (Christianity)

don’t know, go stray

 If I die today

will still be today, and then

tomorrow — who knows

Monday, May 01, 2023

regarding the present regarding the future

 For a moment no-

thing made sense, it was all no-

thing, making no sense

no wonder we’re queasy about it

 One cannot help but

wonder why the judeo-

christian suicide

became such a big deal through

history — news: god kills self

Sunday, April 30, 2023

full of the mercy

Pagan friend at prison reminds us of another friend there who opens ritual by saying:

A place that is no place

A time that is no time —


This morning the Neumz nuns send email: 

 Misericórdia Dómini plena est terra, allelúia:

     The earth is full of the mercy of the Lord. Alleluia. 

verbo Dei cæli firmáti sunt, 

               By the word of the Lord, the heavens were established, 

 So many ways to sit within sacred contemplation. 

affir m(eh) shun (don’t) (む) mu (はい - hai)


Is what

Every no says

When faced with


Kaimon Zenkaku, 1743 - 1813

what is this

 This is my practice

This is what zen practice does

Only this, just this