Tuesday, May 18, 2010

working on self

going forth
Originally uploaded by madsolitaire
Craftspeople often grasp that the stages through which a work must pass to reach completion parallel the maturation of the human being and so shed light on our own needs and possibilities. It follows by analogy that to study a craft is to study one's own nature; hence the firm association between craft work and the search for self-knowledge. This is the faith underlying some craft traditions that preserve a key reflexive: not only "I work" but also "I work on myself."

Roger Lipsey, The Spiritual in Twentieth Century Art

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

social action

"But the explanation of how man should live a life of active social service in full harmony with himself as a member of the community of spirit, I found in the writings of those great medieval mystics [ Meister Eckhart and Jan van Ruysbroek ] for whom 'self-surrender' had been the way to self-realization, and who in 'singleness of mind' and 'inwardness' had found strength to say yes to every demand which the needs of their neighbours made them face, and to say yes also to every fate life had in store for them when they followed the call of duty as they understood it."

Dag Hammarskjold

The United Nations Meditation Room, Fresco by Bo Beskow, interior design by Wallace Harrison with participation by Dag Hammarskjold

walk of life

Originally uploaded by madsolitaire
"The contrast between the nearly obsolete expression walk of life and the modern word career captures much of what needs to be said about the relation between the studio and the marketplace. Walk of life implies a deliberate pace, as if one takes time to enjoy and record the landscape through which one is passing. One can arrive anywhere by walking, although it takes more time than careening. One arrives later, one arrives mature.

Career, on the other hand, at least today implies a nervous, outwardly directed endeavour that tests one's powers but may also abuse them and leave little time for them to develop into deep coherence.

Walk of life can be, although often it is not, the inner aspect of career. Similarly, career can be the outer aspect of walk of life; it assures the worldly progress - the personal connections, material opportunities, and social acceptance - of a professional life. Today, and in any era that thrusts art into a competitive marketplace, the artist must find a delicate balance. There is nothing wrong with a career, but it is empty and sometimes corrupting if it lacks the contemplative pace of a walk of life."

Roger Lipsey, The Spiritual in Twentieth Century Art

Thursday, May 06, 2010

buddha nature and karma

"The physical body depends on karma for its existence and has no nature of its own, just as a wave depends on karma for its existence and has no nature of its own. The sea is one, while waves are countless. Noble sons and daughters are also like this. There is only one sea of our buddha nature. But when people are confused, the sea of buddha nature becomes the sea of consciousness, and the sea of consciousness becomes the sea of passion, and the sea of passion becomes the sea of karma, and the sea of karma becomes the sea of suffering, and from the sea of suffering, they receive countless, limitless karmic bodies. Thus, on top of confusion, they pile up confusion without end and without limit. But all those illusions can't compare to the one reality, namely, the true form of all dharmas."

Taken from: The Diamond Sutra by Red Pine

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Viva la revolution...!!!

Had to blog this beautiful picture by Denis Collette at flickr. If i may quote him:

Viva la revolution...!!!

In fact, Nietzsche was right: "Creating is the great way to put an end to the suffering… is what makes life lightly”. Everything that interests me in this approach is that deep joy ... this inner need that makes me feel so alive ... it added a little something to the extraordinary beauty of this so creative Nature... so why should I be concerned about the distribution, sales or thieves of these images ... is the wild flower worried about the distribution or sale of the image that has taken of her? So like the wild flower, my images, once created, are no more mine... they belong to the world.

His other photos on flickr: Denis Collette @ Flickr