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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Zen gardens provide sense of calm to backyards

Zen gardens provide sense of calm to backyards

Zen gardens are not planned and maintained for the beauty of flowers, says Gordon Nesbitt, nursery manager at Laurel Oak Garden Center in Marlton. “You’ll use rocks, water, architectural elements like gates and lanterns and trees that are manicured,” he said.
“You’ll see more use of symbols than flowers, and trees that have a special message in Asian architecture. There may be a dogwood or a cherry tree, something flowering. It’s all about setting a tone,” Nesbitt said. “Everything is kept in check because the elements help to keep our thoughts simple and to the point.”

Six Zen Koans from Kanye West's GQ Interview

Six Zen Koans from Kanye West's GQ Interview

[discussing being chased by the paparazzi] "I don't have fangs. I'm a porcupine. I'm a blowfish. Like, I'm a—what's the fish that blows up?"

[discussing performing impromptu carpentry at his wedding] "Anyone knows that you cannot pick up tools yourself, because of—what are those rules about the workers?... Yeah, unions. You can't do that. It's illegal. That's false."

[discussing why he married Kim Kardashian] " Like they said in Step Brothers: Never lose your dinosaur. This is the ultimate example of a person never losing his dinosaur."

Click the above link if you can stand more. 

Zen Koans Explained: "Reciting Sutras"

Zen Koans Explained: "Reciting Sutras"

A mildly humorous take on a zen koan.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Stuck! Oh, the Path of Zen

Anyway, the point is that the path of Zen goes from here to here and what we learn to do is be what we are – stay put, in other words.
Interesting post at Sweeping Zen

Friday, August 30, 2013

Patience

Patience

Ichi go, Ichi e

Ichi go, Ichi e

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Zen Quotes

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.” ― Rumi This and more can be found here

Monday, June 11, 2012

6 Things I Learned about Myself through 100 Hours of Meditation | Travel Blog - Tripbase

1) My mind constantly chatters
Most of us don’t realize to what extent our minds are on constant overdrive. The mind produces thought after thought after thought, which we often think of as multitasking. However, it’s just monkey mind.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Copper Meditation Pyramids for Healing and Relaxation

I have been building meditation pyramids for about twenty years now. It started with an experiment in my Brooklyn, New York apartment with copper wire hanging from the ceiling and pinned to the floor at the proper angles. In this makeshift pyramid I had my first out of body experience.



I had read about them in a book, and started playing around with the wires, and noticed a real change in the energy of my meditation. There was something about the space that it created that was special, though I could not pin it down at the time.

I built various types over the years, including some pretty large ones with all the sides in place out of one-inch copper pipes. In the last several years I refined my design to be collapsible and so portable. You can pull it out and set it up in seconds. I posted the design on my blog as a do-it-yourself meditation pyramid. A year ago, I was asked to build one for someone who didn't feel up to it. I used an Etsy shop to make the purchase official.

Copper meditation pyramids offer a sacred space that limits (if not shutting out altogether) invasive thought forms and negative energy, regardless of its source. It drives us deeper into ourselves. After all, pyre and mid (fire in the middle) says it all. It helps us commune with source.

If you want to build your own, visit my website at meditationpyramids.info or take a look at my Etsy offerings, by checking out any of the designs below:

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Monday, November 28, 2011

An Introduction to Zen Book Review

Click on the title of this post to go to the Japan Subculture Research Center, where there is an extensive review of the book, An Introduction to Zen.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Is That So?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Reference Points

Poems about Life



Reference Points
he was a man
of awareness

now he's an
awareness
of a man



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