What the sky may contain 2

•January 16, 2019 • 1 Comment

[Following on from the last post, more Zen studies in the great Emptiness, sunyata, negative space, spacious awareness aka ‘sky’, ‘Himmel’, ‘ciel’… Here foregrounding the always present, seldom perceived, ‘background’. And as Kristi says: widens/opens the breath… Enjoy.]


What the sky may contain

•January 15, 2019 • 3 Comments

[Love skies. The beauty of emptiness. The great reminder of original self, spacious mind, the great container. Being the container, not the content. Walt Whitman: ‘I am large, I contain multitudes’. Heart Sutra: ‘Form is emptiness, emptiness form’. Enjoy.]

Dog Days

•January 13, 2019 • 2 Comments

[Recent poem from an Australian summer. We’ve had our dog Billy for sixteen years now, so he’s probably in his nineties in human years. Took this photo of him three months ago. The poem is actually supposed to be centre-justified, but this WordPress blog format won’t allow me to do that.]

Dog Days

January, walking in the bush, brief relief
from summer dog days on fog-cathedral tracks of soft silence
loud with our dog’s absence.

Left home to watch his slow disassembling, the last
thing to go his will to live, the fiery hunger
for the bowl of flesh, reincarnation
into another day, another star-drenched night,
another touch of kindness, birdsong, light
flooding the trees in an ocean of annunciation.

The play of ashes and dust our fleeting moment, our way:
light dissolving
into light, nothingness into nothingness
like wave into water, like dream into day.

photocalligraphics 2

•January 7, 2019 • Leave a Comment

[‘Abstract Expressionist’ collages, playing further with the photocalligraphic images of bark-against-sky I took with my simple Olympus Tough point-and-shoot.The last two collages obviously also use reeds-against-water and bird/branches-against-sky. The bird is a kookaburra, famous for its laughter. Did not use any black-and-white effect, these were the natural silhouettes against a misty sky early evening.

As Buddha’s Heart Sutra notes: form is emptiness, emptiness is form… can’t have one without the other…

As a visual experiment, maybe try focussing on the forms, then on the emptiness/negative space, and back again, alternating…like stepping back from thoughts and sensing the alert spaciousness in which they arise, our true identity…]


•January 6, 2019 • Leave a Comment

[Shot yesterday. Attempt to Zen-paint with the camera using no special effects or filters, just eucalypt bark against a misty early evening sky here in Bundanoon about 5.30 pm. Lotsa negative space, Emptiness in/as which all forms arise and dissolve, arise and dissolve, spacious awareness, no-mind…Enjoy.]

Merry Christmas

•December 24, 2018 • 3 Comments

[‘Those who speak do not know, those who know do not speak’. Three images instead. Despite all, light still growing within the darkness at the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, the new infant/the new life birthing among the animals in the manger. May our consciousness increase as things get ever more critical. A great opportunity. And all the best for 2019.]

Greta Thunberg, 15, the voice of 2018

•December 20, 2018 • 1 Comment

[The most important speeech of 2018. Initiator of global school children strikes ‘autistic’ Greta Thunberg tells it like it is: we cannot play by the rules anymore because they haven’t worked and the rules themselves need to change. The Truth of the Child cutting through the ‘adult’ denial. Stand aside, ‘adults’. Thank you Greta, and now how about an adult ‘General Strike for Life’ and ‘Extinction Rebellion’ in all countries, as I’ve suggested for many years?]