Wednesday, November 13, 2019

EVERYTHING is the DHARMA

Sunday
November 10th 2019
 'Hanging Out in the Heart Space'
with Krishna Das and Friends
at
Dharma Mittra Yoga Center
Video will be available sometime soon, so here is one 18 minute selection from a Kirtan I was present for in 2017. I recommend full screen and earphones for the best experience. Just remember it's a waltz.

https://youtu.be/o6FkNyz72FE

Note
I am still camera disabled and finding it tiresome. I've been mining old photos and posting at Face book. Hope to get the snafu cleared soon.

Monday
November 11th
Armistice Day 
"Commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France at 5:45 am, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. But, according to Thomas R. Gowenlock, an intelligence officer with the U.S. First Division, shelling from both sides continued for the rest of the day, only ending at nightfall. The armistice initially expired after a period of 36 days and had to be extended several times. A formal peace agreement was only reached when the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year."
The 'war to end all war' was a blood bath of immense proportions. Yet, as we know, it did not end war.
I was at home all day, a warmish one, windows open and air circulating through the space here while I accomplished a few small domestic tasks. Meanwhile our President was speaking encased in bullet proof glass at Madison Square Park a few blocks away to kick off the veterans march. I did'nt even listen on line. What could he possibly have to say.
 In the evening, I made my way across town to the Zendo for a meditation and Dharma talk. The magic of 'be here now' is always reliable, curative and refreshing.


Full Moon Tuesday
November 12th
An image from the past and other than the landscape, similar to the moon over Gramercy park as I took my late night walk around, kicking through piles of fallen Ginko leaves. Now, way past midnight, Wednesday arrives to a clinking heat pipes serenade as I light votive candles for family and friends and for all those unknown others that they may be at ease of heart. 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

ZEN MASTER RAVEN

At my Zendo, Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell often reads from 'Zen Master Raven' text and uses it as the basis for a Dharma talk.
In this new edition of the Buddhist classic, Zen Master Raven and his group of fellow travelers—Zen beginners like Mole and Mallard and venerable teachers like Porcupine and Moose Roshi—have set out to search for the path to enlightenment. Along the way, they discuss serious subjects: death, karma, ego, essential nature, suffering, and the importance of Buddhist practice.
Robert Aitken Roshi was one of the first and most important American Zen teachers and a founder of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. He died in 2010, but the short dialogues, which are insightful as well as playful, have won the book a devoted audience.”

Zen Master Raven
The Teachings of a Wise Old Bird
By Robert Aitken

Wisdom Publications
2017
Three Selections

The Middle Way
One evening Woodpecker asked, "What is the Middle Way?"
Raven said, "Good question."
Woodpecker said, "You're dodging my question,"
Raven said, You're dodging my answer."

Suffering
Winter set in firmly and frequent snowstorms prevented the community from meeting. One day was unseasonably warm, however and a few members gathered for a day of zazen. In the question period, Owl said, "Many of us aren't surviving the Winter and I think all of us are reminded that we won't be here long. I'm not sure what my question is, but..." His voice trailed off.
Raven said, "Maybe there isn't a question."
Mole spoke up and said, "I think there is -There's a lot of suffering in this forest. Folks are dying and leaving little ones with no one to care for them; folks get sick; they get killed and eaten. How does this fit the teaching of the Buddha?"
Raven said, "He was concerned with suffering."
Mole was silent.
Owl asked "So the teaching of the Buddha was really just to grin and bear it?"
Raven jumped up and down chanting, "Getting old! Getting old!" and he gave a great croak.

Giving
Grouse spoke up at a gathering and asked, "Mole said that a while back you said that you give away all your belongings when you die. I've been brooding about this, but it still isn't clear to me."
Raven said, "What isn't clear?"
Grouse asked, "Is there anything left?"
Raven said, "Oh lots: the moon, the wind, the crickets."     

LINKS 
https://wisdomexperience.org/product/zen-master-raven/

https://zencare.org/ 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

WRINKLES, WEATHER and WONDERS

I'm out of photo-ability again and will have to make a trip to B&H photo hoping they can help as they did in the past. My current memory card is full and I haven't got another that fits the old Pentax I've gotten so used to. Fact is I never really learned the camera well so long as it worked for shoot and download to the computer and so, recently purchased a wrong memory card on a well meaning sales persons advice at a local Duane Read (error) and now I am at sea without a sail in the new-image ocean. All past images are now only on the memory cards since my limited storage has run out on this system. I can't erase them yet even as I am fully aware that all things pass,
I remain in stubborn denial.
I'm using a Pentax Optio 550
The last time a camera was stolen on a train back from a Massachusetts visit, Friends Dee Mallon sent me a new camera complete with instructions and R. Nemo Hill gave me his Mom's Cool Pics with instructions as well.
Loathe to dive in to a new learning curve, and needing to get a certain friend to find time for the enabling required on my old laptop. I have options if I can cobble together energy to access them.
Guilty of laziness in my seventy sixth year on earth.

Meanwhile it's that time Again
2 a.m. Sunday November 3rd 2019
FALL BACK
Lines Written in the Days of Growing Darkness
by Mary Oliver

Every year we have been
witness to it: how the
world descends
into a rich mash, in order that
it may resume.
And therefore
who would cry out
to the petals on the ground
to stay,
knowing, as we must,
how the vivacity of what was is married
to the vitality of what will be?

I don’t say
it’s easy, but
what else will do
if the love one claims to have for the world
be true?
So let us go on
though the sun be swinging east,
and the ponds be cold and black,
and the sweets of the year be doomed.
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( photos from Massachusetts and Manhattan)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

MANHATTAN HALLOW'EEN VIEWS

HONOR the DEAD

~*~

View This Scene
Corner of 21st Street...
...on Gramercy Park North
Every Hallow'een
~*~

Multicultural Origins Over Time
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween
Extensive essay worth reading

 ~*~

 2018
https://youtu.be/RUKqLauTP1U

2019
Thursday, October 31st
RAIN or SHINE
 This years Grand Marshall is "Zohra"The Giant Spider and creator Master Puppeteer Basil Twist will be leading the way.
(2000 view 2 Minute Video)
https://youtu.be/-IZB3_1OPrI
~*~

MANHATTAN
We look forward to seeing you on 6th Avenue
North of Spring Street to 16th Street
7:00 to 10:30 p.m.

Past Posts

https://mscomfortzone.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-turning-of-year.html

https://mscomfortzone.blogspot.com/2015/10/while-we-slept.html

https://mscomfortzone.blogspot.com/2016/10/spirits-rise.html
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Saturday, October 26, 2019

SO

So, This is How It Is

An old woman puttering around her rented kitchen,
thinking about food and replacing a burnt-out light bulb.
Outside, a barking dog breaks through early morning stillness.
She remembers canines loved and lost, rescued birds and felines too.
Dust laden photographs displayed on a shelf represent all those beings.

Front Window View
Looking to the West

 At the Zendo
The wedded Geranium is Thriving,
(two plants rescued and combined)

 Home

~*~



Horse Morning
We were visited by two handsome chestnut Police horses gleaming below as I leaned out to take my morning shot. They were parked right in front of my building. Unfortunately couldn't get a clear shot, so went down the three flights to the street, but they had moved on. I heard their receding clop-clops heading of to the East.



9 a.m
Morning View
Looking East



10.24.2019
Attended the Chancellors Reading
At NYU Law School Greenberg Lounge
FREE
Featuring:
"Featuring Elizabeth Alexander, Ellen Bass, Marilyn Chin, Kwame Dawes, Forrest Gander, Linda Gregerson, Joy Harjo, Terrance Hayes, Brenda Hillman, Marie Howe, Khaled Mattawa, Alicia Ostriker, Alberto Ríos, and David St. John."



Heading Home
Washington Square


Friday
10.25.2019
Morning Looking East

Second sundown
reflected on a steel building

Lovely Lucy
.
Ready for Halloween

Mother and Daughter

A new Neighbor

~*~


Elizabeth Street Garden
10.26.2019









So, this is how it is; An old woman puttering around her chosen City,
thinking about art, all the art she has made, been given or stored.
Sirens pierce the chatter of many beings out and about tonight.
She remembers every being she's ever encountered,
faces and places that were not forgotten.

 Soap Bubbles


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Street_Garden
~*~ 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

WORK. WONDER. WORRIES, COURAGE

Revisiting
Unfinished mixed media Collage
'Horse Love'
*
Beginning Assembly
Holiday cards for December
'May Peace Prevail'
~*~


Monday Night
The Great Hall at Cooper Union

Judy Chicago
Great Q and A session (see LINK)
Although I could not afford to purchase her new book, she graciously signed a photograph in this one I purchased at an event in 2007.

*

 READ
https://cooper.edu/events-and-exhibitions/events/judy-chicago-new-views
~*~


Rainy Tuesday Rescued Mums
(from a pile of discards at the local church)
Trimmed, fed and planted here to allow for healing and regeneration of roots. Later on to be transferred to a suitable pot.

~*~

Meanwhile
Syria, Global Sorrow,
Injustice and Inequality.
*
Song for Encouragement
by Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers
(one of Terri Windlings Monday Music offerings)
https://youtu.be/1A2xnIgdTLg 
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Saturday, October 19, 2019

CHELSEA

10.19.2019
SATURDAY
Meet-up with Bonnie Rae Stern Crago in from California (used to be neighbors here in the Seventies) at "Don Giovanni" to share three great Pizzas with 8 others, including Mellissa Sherbet Torres (who also used to be a neighbor) and Judy Schiller from School of Visual Arts. Some of us went to the High Line after. However I hardly took any photos of us. Too busy eating and shmoozing.
 
Others took lots and will send
*
MURAL
Tenth Avenue at West 22nd Street
*
Art Gallery Kite
Corner of Tenth Avenue and 23rd Street

THE HIGH LINE
Union Clock
"Workers of the World"
"Time to Organize"
Bonnies friend painting with Kids
Visble from the High Line
An apartment tenant states his Views
 Black Eyed Susan
 Native Grasses
Earlier, I caught these photos of a window on my block as I left the Apartment and on the crosstown bus, a totally un-self conscious (pink Hair) young woman who kept up a running conversation on her cell phone about job prospects and needing to have a new hairdo for the job search.
(I was entertained)
~*~


BEAUTIFUL WEATHER
All Day

Halloween Poster
While waiting for the bus back East to Home

~*~

LINK
Fascinating History
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelsea,_Manhattan