Saturday, February 17, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
"You're here and then you're not. Don't worry about it. It's not a big deal."
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Jane Dobisz is the guiding teacher of the Cambridge Zen Center in Massachusetts. She has practiced in various traditions of Buddhism for twenty-five years. Inspired by her Korean Zen master's discipline of long, solitary retreats, she strikes out to a lone cabin in the countryside of New England.
One Hundred Days - three months - alone in the wilderness and cold. In the middle of January, the ground is covered in a foot of snow.
Published in 1946, One reviewer said, "Driftwood Valley is easily the best book written on an outdoor theme by a woman. Why it remains buried in obscurity is a wonder. Theodora Stanwell-Fletcher stands in company with Thoreau. In her depictions of winter life in particular she approaches the master. One is reminded constantly of "The Pond in Winter", "Brute Neighbors", and "Winter Animals". There is some of the grandeur of Thoreau's contemporary, Francis Parkman, in her prose, too, when she lifts her eye to sweep the horizons of the immense British Columbian landscape." Don't know why he qualified this as "written by a woman", but nevertheless there it is.
Ultimately, this is a big, confident, heroic book. She sees Heaven's glory shine, and revels in it.
Check out the price on the book jacket!
Friday, February 9, 2007
The text is almost as exquisite as the artwork done in pen-and-ink and watercolor. She hand lettered the entire book
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Clark Strand, a Zen Buddhist monk and haiku teacher shows us a way through nature into the heart, weaving poetry, weather and Zen into a pathway for the practice of kindness and simplicity.
Most of the haiku were written by his students with a few by established poets and some of his own