Zen Arts

Zen Arts

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Recently there has been a renewed interest in previous posts related to Zen & art.  Here is a round-up of past art related posts from the Lost Coin Zen blog.

Wayfarer – Music composed by Daniel Doen Silberberg: Wayfarer

The Lore Of The Dragon – Poem & calligraphy by Daido Roshi

A Box And Its Lid – Photography by Caryn Silberberg

A Box And Its Lid – Part 2 – Photography by Caryn Silberberg

The Great Way – Poem by Daniel Doen Silberberg

The Freedom Boogie

The Freedom Boogie

She left the Door open
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I was reading Tim Ferriss’ blog yesterday. I always enjoy it. It is often about Tim and all of us doing what we want.  The blog entry brought back a memory.   I was  in my twenties and a student in a Gurdjieff group. I had been given an exercise and asked to do it daily. It was a kind of meditation and required about twenty minutes. That summer I was traveling across country with friends and had to find a way to do it. Part of the excerise was an agreement to make it completely private, that is not to reveal the activity to anyone. Another aspect of it was the discipline of doing it at the same time every day.
We were driving past the small town of Mule Creek Junction, Wyoming. When we passed a small wooden outhouse,  I asked to stop there saying I needed to use the bathroom in order to privately do  my excercise.
The smell wasn’t inspiring but the view and my sense of resolve was.
I hear people say they sometimes have trouble sitting everyday. I think that is a step toward, a way of saying,  that we can’t do what we wish with our lives. But we can. It is our life and barring major disasters we can do what we want. Even during disasters we have choice.
Let’s not give our lives over to a feeling of powerlessness. I think we can do what we want. It may take some effort, but that’s the price. As our esteemed president said “Yes we can.” And he did. I vaguely remember a line from a Staple Singer’s song that went “You know you can can”
Dogen Zenji referred to sitting as the “backward step”.  Let’s take the backward step and the forward one as well.  The forward step is claiming the freedom to do what we want with our lives.  These two steps could be a great new dance. We can call it  “The Freedom Boogie.”

The Great Way

The Great Way

Master Joshu said the Great Way was the road to the capital

Alan Watts said the Way that can be “Wayed” is not the Way

Lao Tzu said the Great Way could not be named

What wonderful teaching we have received

What wonderful teaching we receive this very moment

Still we struggle to travel the way

We struggle with work, relationships, fear, sadness, death,
Sarah Palin, The Dallas Cowboys, taxes

Don’t worry

The Great Way doesn’t go anywhere