Saturday, May 13, 2023

what we conceive

Something haunting about Creeley’s words: 

 Would dying be here?

Never go anywhere you

can’t live.

(—Robert Creeley, in Pieces)

What dreams may follow, the evanescence and effervescence of place in what we conceive of as heaven. 

if there was a corner, would we turn

 “Let us leave theories there and return to here's hear.” 

    James Joyce, Finnegans Wake


It seems that life is 

Unceasing emergence out

Into appearance 

Actuality felt and

Incomprehensibly seen 

Friday, May 12, 2023

as if we could

God is not known to us in His nature, but is made known to us from His operations. (Summa Theologiae, I.Q13.8)

He said it in film

“I didn’t see it coming”

Wondering why not

Thursday, May 11, 2023

entsprungen *

At end of our three hours together, after Max Richter pieces and lovely compositions, we end our visit with Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (- Michael Praetorius / Jan Sandström.)

I bow to her quiet and seldom moving presence in the darkening room, and leave.

Thursday evening hospice at this end-of-life house.

   *    entspringen Verb (entspringe; entspringst; entspringt; entsprang; entsprangt; entsprungen; )

  1. entspringen, (entstehenwachsen)
    • originate, to Verb (originates; originated; originating)
    • come into existance, to Verb
    • come into being, to Verb (comes into being; came into being; coming into being)

    • (—Interglot)

negation or absence of non-presence

 Gebet ist


eins, kein-anderes

prayer is


one, no other

 Gebet ist

Leben mit


prayer is

to live with

each other

The word “another” (in German, einander) is correlational with “no-other” (kein anderes).

In English, to speak of another might mean to speak of someone else, or, equally, to reference no other, as the alpha-privitive in Greek serves as a negation of what follows it.

alpha privative (plural alpha privatives) (grammar) The prefix a- (or an- when prefixing a root which begins with a vowel) found in some English words of Greek derivation. It expresses negation or absence. The prefix has cognates in other Indo-European languages, including in- in Latin and un- in English. (Wiktionary)

To be alive is to be present.

To be present is to pray.

To pray 

Is dwelling-with

one an-other  

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

one no-other, with-dwelling, is prayer

 Η προσευχή είναι


ο ενας τον ΑΛΛΟΝ

Prayer is



祈りは 同居 お互い

 The military chiefs and CIA wanted to assassinate Fidel Castro. JFK did not. 

When he was assassinated, and since, Kennedy's death remains an example of covert forces foisting their worldview on an unsuspecting populace.

The question "Who killed JFK?" is a sixty year koan. Each response given is part fact part political speculation part subterfuge and misdirection. 

What do you think? 

"KATZ!" shouts some imagined zen master serving both to intimidate and nullify whatever formulating response taking shape within you.

Whoever killed JFK has successfully escaped.

Nobody will assassinate DJT. There's no need to. He is no threat to the power he excoriates and mocks. No foreign power seeks his removal from world stage. He's a patsy for faux injustice.

No need for cynicism. No need to impugn the man's motives or character. He is exactly as he seems. Vacuous and completely self-absorbed. We know who he is and what he is and why he is at every moment.

This Wednesday morning, sitting in yurt listening to heavy flow of brook tumbling downward to meeting place joining itself after being split in two back up mountain, I consider what prayer might be.

* Prayer is     祈りは     (Inori wa)

Dwelling-With  同居    (Dōkyo)

One-Another.    お互い  (Otagai)


          (for all relations)

sitting with Enso

alongside cemetery

sight and sound -- water

seeking lowest place to pray

this -- mountainside hermitage 

Tuesday, May 09, 2023

गभीरा रात्रि मौनम् *

 What is

 that sound?

No sound —

*  Deep night


Monday, May 08, 2023

light through eastern window grows


Near-dawn breeze

Comes in 

From northeast

Momma Cardinal

Nests in yew

Outside kitchen

“All being

Is nuptial” wrote

Karl Stern

Our myths

About sin

Are wrong —

No separation

No sin

Just delusion

Sunday, May 07, 2023

two is a lonely number

 Dualism is

Failure of


To see


so that where I am you may be too.

There are days when a reading on a sunny morning in early May shines through the arena of consciousness and philosophy in a way transcending ordinary parochial or partisan religious separateness and suggests a vision of a world of inner cohesion and isomorphic inclusivity that no organized denominational boundaried system of belief is capable of revealing.

Here is the reading:

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled.

Trust in God still, and trust in me.

There are many rooms in my Father’s house;

if there were not, I should have told you.

I am going now to prepare a place for you,

and after I have gone and prepared you a place,

I shall return to take you with me;

so that where I am

you may be too.

You know the way to the place where I am going.’

Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus said:

‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.

No one can come to the Father except through me.

If you know me, you know my Father too.

From this moment you know him and have seen him.’

Philip said, ‘Lord, let us see the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’ ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip,’ said Jesus to him ‘and you still do not know me?

‘To have seen me is to have seen the Father,

so how can you say, “Let us see the Father”?

Do you not believe

that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?

The words I say to you I do not speak as from myself:

it is the Father, living in me, who is doing this work.

You must believe me when I say

that I am in the Father and the Father is in me;

believe it on the evidence of this work, if for no other reason.

I tell you most solemnly,

whoever believes in me

will perform the same works as I do myself,

he will perform even greater works,

because I am going to the Father.’

(-John 14:1-12)

Is the “father” Being-Itself?

Is “Jesus” or the Christ-Reality the intimate and extended inclusion and interrelationality of being and beings with Being-Itself?

If we were to put aside historically extravagant ownership claims of empires and religions in order to return to and retrieve original intuitive and experiential emergence — would we find a revelatory manifestation of our true existential and ordinary breath by breath non-separate realization actualizing the core originary (and yes, goodness) of what it means to be-at-all, to be-in-the-world, to be, with and as, Being-Itself-as-Itself?

The non-complacency of Sunday in May!

Alles Vergängliche ist nur ein Gleichnis. (-from Goethe’s Foust, final words of Mystical Chorus)

The reflective non-separative.