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Postcard from Salem OR [14 Mar 2010|07:34pm]
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godownmatthew [01 Feb 2010|01:13am]


godownmatthew, that is good to know! :-)

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Hat Spin [25 Jan 2010|01:48pm]
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Color Spectrum [19 Oct 2009|11:22pm]
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Quiet Morning [03 Oct 2009|06:36pm]
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Keyboard Layout in Persian - ISIRI 2901 [09 Sep 2009|11:58pm]
۱ ۲ ۳ ۴ ۵ ۶ ۷ ۸ ۹ ۰ - =
\ چ ج ح خ ه ع غ ف ق ث ص ض
گ ک م ن ت ا ل ب ی س ش
/ . و پ د ذ ر ز ط ظ

! ٬ ٫ ریال ٪ × ، * ) ( ـ +
ْ ٌ ٍ ً ُ ِ َ ّ ] [ } { |
ؤ ئ ي إ أ آ ة « » : ؛
ك ژ ‌ ء < > ؟
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Ummon & his Abbot [05 Aug 2009|11:32am]
In ancient China there was a Zen master who had been the abbot of a large monastery for some twenty years. During all that time he had not appointed a head monk. Whenever his monks questioned him about this he would reply cryptically, "My head monk has not yet become a novice." One day he announced to the assembly, "Today my head monk took the vows of a novice." Upon being asked when his head monk would arrive at the monastery, he simply said, "My head monk has not yet received the full monastic ordination."

Several years passed and the monks had all but forgotten the elusive head monk when the abbot announced, "My head monk was fully ordained today!" Again the assembly was mystified. Two more years passed and then one day the abbot said, "My head monk will arrive at the main gate at noon today. Strike the bell and send a delegation to welcome him." This sounded very strange,as had everything else the abbot had been saying about his head monk throughout the years, but at the appointed hour the monks nevertheless went to the main gate. There stood a monk who had just arrived, and he was none other than Ummon.

When Ummon came before the abbot to profer his greetings, he asked, "How could you have known that I would arrive today? I told no one I intended to come here." Smiling, the abbot said, "Many, many lifetimes ago--during the lifetime of the Buddha himself--you and I were brother monks. We both trained very hard and developed remarkable samadhi powers. But in a subsequent life you were reborn into royalty and led a self-indulgent, worldly life. Consequently you lost these powers. I, on the other hand,continued to train and discipline myself through many more lifetimes; therefore these powers were strengthened. Thus I knew when you had become a novice monk, when you had been fully ordained, and when precisely you would arrive at this monastery".

Psychic abilities in one degree or another are the natural by-products of persistent zazen and an awakened mind; as such they are not regarded in Zen as exceptional or wonderful. Zen masters never make a vain display of psychic powers, nor do they set out to cultivate them for their own sake. They are in fact looked upon as makyo--a subtle variety, but still makyo--which is to say, something other than enlightenment.
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Lumwana in Art [07 Jul 2009|11:47am]
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Anahuac's Death [02 Jul 2009|12:58pm]
21. Shih Ho / Biting Through

above LI THE CLINGING, FIRE
below CHêN THE AROUSING, THUNDER

This hexagram represents an open mouth (cf. hexagram 27) with an
obstruction (in the fourth place) between the teeth. As a result the lips cannot
meet. To bring them together one must bite energetically through the
obstacle. Since the hexagram is made up of the trigrams for thunder and for
lightning, it indicates how obstacles are forcibly removed in nature.
Energetic biting through overcomes the obstacle that prevents joining of the
lips; the storm with its thunder and lightning overcomes the disturbing
tension in nature. Recourse to law and penalties overcomes the disturbances
of harmonious social life caused by criminals and slanderers. The theme of
this hexagram is a criminal lawsuit, in contradistinction to that of Sung,
CONFLICT (6), which refers to civil suits.

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° Six in the fifth place means:
Bites on dried lean meat.
Receives yellow gold.
Perseveringly aware of danger.
No blame.

The case to be decided is indeed not easy but perfectly clear. Since we
naturally incline to leniency, we must make every effort to be like yellow
gold-that is, as true as gold and as impartial as yellow, the color of the middle
[the mean]. It is only by remaining conscious of the dangers growing out of
the responsibility we have assumed that we can avoid making mistakes.
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center [16 May 2009|12:07am]
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God Gates & Human Gates [11 May 2009|11:00pm]


weird video: God Gates & Human Gates by vhs

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Alone [05 May 2009|12:42am]
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Thrush's Nest Spring [26 Apr 2009|01:10am]
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The First Pipe [18 Apr 2009|02:10pm]
In the age when man first discovered fire, we must have had a gamut of plants in use for many reasons. Man would have manipulated fire as a symbol of mastery. Breathing the smoke into one's lungs would have been a declaration of dominance over other animals with fire.
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Cassiopeia A [17 Apr 2009|09:47pm]


From the Smithsonian Institution flickr page.

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beso_victor [16 Apr 2009|02:31am]
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The fires we spin... (in Portland Alley - Eugene, OR) [31 Mar 2009|01:53am]
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I will come swim here in the summer... [31 Mar 2009|01:48am]
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MY LOVE!!! [23 Mar 2009|07:37pm]
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Afghanistan 1983 [23 Mar 2009|12:23pm]
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