A flashmob is when a bunch of people surreptitiously infiltrate a crowd, and then do something remarkable. Afterward, they fade into the crowd again.
Jerry Whiting, of JetCityOrange, sends the following:
Name: Jerry Whiting
For years now I’ve been making calendars featuring my photography. Long story but this year I did a series of 1-page calendars for 2011 featuring Buddhist images. They’re PDF files (and they’re free).
Nothing fancy. Just the way this householder keeps track of time.
As Jerry says, download and enjoy. And bookmark his site. I did.
A silent auction to benefit Zen Mountain Monastery’s new Zen Arts Hall will be held at Ramscale West Village Lofts at 463 West Street, 13th fl., New York, NY 10014. Proceeds from the auction will go to the building fund for Zen Mountain Monastery’s new Sangha House, an 8,200-square-foot LEED-certified building that will provide a venue for exhibitions, performances, lectures, and conferences that will encourage the exploration of art as a spiritual practice.
John Daido Loori (1931-2009) was the abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York and the founder and director of the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism. Devoted to maintaining the authenticity of Western Zen training, Loori Roshi was known for his unique adaptation of traditional Buddhism into an American context, particularly with regard to the arts and the environment and the use of modern media as a vehicle of spiritual training and social change. He was an award-winning photographer and the author of over twenty books, including The Eight Gates of Zen and The Zen of Creativity.
Letters of note is a remarkable collection of — well — notes and letters, from famous people to a variety of recipients, from Elvis’ form letter to his fans when he was in the Army, to Marlon Brando’s affectionate letter to Tennessee Williams. Originals are shown, but also transcriptions (which in some cases is a very good thing).
Be prepared to waste a lot of time. But maybe it’s not such a waste, after all.
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It sounds like the cracks and clicks of the house settling
as the room warms in morning, it sounds like a fan
whispered up. It tastes of wood smoke—sweet and then stale.
It looks like the curve of a mountain
under streaked sky, and everything pale blue
just before sunrise, everything translucent,
As French film critic Agnes Poirier told the Guardian of London: “We are prepared to forgive artists a lot more than we are prepared to forgive ordinary mortals.”
And, apparently, we cut them more slack than we do sports figures. You’d have to be pretty hard-core to equate raping a 13-year old girl with adultery, and yet…
The organ, the Craighead-Saunders, is a unique instrument, not only because of its lovely sound, but also because it is a nearly exact copy of a late Baroque organ built by Adam Gottlob Casparini of East Prussia in 1776. The original stands in the Holy Ghost Church in Vilnius, Lithuania.
There is no other contemporary organ quite like the one at Christ Church…. More…
The…starling bursts into song. It rattles like a shaken can of spray paint, then modulates through a wolf whistle, a screech, the woof of a bulldog, and a cardinal’s liquid phrase. But this composite song arrives through a blur of distortion, dust on the phonograph needle. Though the sources are recognizable, it couldn’t fool anyone. …
I don’t care how you feel about starlings (frankly, I love them, although I recognize the problems they cause), you have to love this appreciation.
Murmurations | Orion Magazine
…There are intentions, of course, and intentions. Some are lightly made, and lightly kept. I noticed, as we made the rounds, how often one of our number would speak about “trying” to do something: “I’m going to try to get into the studio more often,” or “I’m planning to try to find a gallery to show my work.” I hear myself saying something similar, and believe it no more than when I hear it from others. As the old saw has it, if you keep trying to feed the dog, the dog will soon starve to death.
That’s one kind of intention, and clearly not a very productive one. The other kind is made of sterner stuff, and comes from a deeper level of consciousness. It’s mind-altering, and life-changing. Once the seed of this kind of intention is planted, it will inevitably take a long while to germinate–perhaps even below the level of consciousness–and when it at last appears in the form of a conscious thought, does so in the form of a quiet and confident determination to make change, a paradigm shift in the mind that is no longer debatable but seems quite simply self-evident in its clarity, a confirmation of what had always been “intended” but never fully realized. … (more)
Back in 1989, on the day after my eighteenth birthday, I caught a flight to Pakistan. I had a job of sorts, teaching English in a school in Lahore. I was untrained, had no experience in teaching English (or, for that matter, anything else), and knew almost nothing about Pakistan: hardly the best qualifications….
A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousand of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. ….
Jason Quinnell is not in a hurry when he takes pictures. He likes to make pinhole cameras out of soft drink cans lined with photographic paper, and use long exposures. Like, six months!
The image on the left is an example, although it’s teeny and only a little ol’ three month exposure. The glowing curves are the sun passing through the sky, and the jaggedy look is caused by cloud cover.
To view some of his images, Click here to download a PDF file. (Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to view the pages.) Then visit Justin’s site to find out how he does it — and how you can do it too.
IT is fascinating how philosophic and cultural ideas spread freely in ancient times across formidable barriers such as mountains and oceans. Ideas can have a life of their own and it is often impossible to contain them within national or geographical boundaries. One of the greatest stories of the diffusion of ideas is that of Buddhism via Great diffusion.
While I’m giving free plugs (and I don’t make a habit of this, so don’t deluge me with requests), Utne Reader is selling some nice eco-friendly all-weather rugs made in Thailand. The price is reasonable, and they look good. Might be nice for a devotional space, especially one on a lanai or balcony, or for a bonsai display area.
I guess we can trust the folks at Utne (<<<link to rugs).