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(John Byam Liston Shaw – Diana of the Hunt)

Hymn to Diana
Queen and huntress, chaste and fair,

Now the sun is laid to sleep,

Seated in thy silver chair,

State in wonted manner keep:

Hesperus entreats thy light,

Goddess excellently bright.
Earth, let not thy envious shade

Dare itself to interpose;

Cynthia’s shining orb was made

Heaven to clear when day did close:

Bless us then with wishèd sight,

Goddess excellently bright.
Lay thy bow of pearl apart,

And thy crystal-shining quiver;

Give unto the flying hart

Space to breathe, how short soever;

Thou that mak’st a day of night,

Goddess excellently bright.
– Ben Jonson

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A bit of a mashup today… Site Info, Art, Activism, Music… Take your pick.

Sun is out, if only for a little while. If you haven’t been here for awhile, check out the weekend entries… short but sweet!
Have a brilliant Monday!
Gwyllm

On The Menu:

Diane Darlings’: “The Red Queen”

Radio Free EarthRItes Update

Petes Pics: Sheila Chandra: Lament of McCrimmon/Song of the Banshee

Einstein Quotes

2 Wheel Solution

2 Zen Koans…

Another One From Peter:”The Zuvuya Sequence”

Collected Zen Poems…

Art:John Byam Liston Shaw
(1872 – 1919)Byam Shaw carried the torch of Pre-Raphaelitism across the turn of the century, a period when books and exhibitions had renewed interest in the Brotherhood’s work. In his paintings he revived the Brotherhood’s use of bright, pure glazes and restated their belief of the importance of truth and sincerity in art. Moreover, he turned to literature and history for inspiration. Literary allusions and elaborate symbolism were used to great effect by William Holman Hunt in his The Awakening Conscience to reveal some of the more pressing social problems of the age.
Byam Shaw was a late follower of the Pre-Raphaelites, and was especially influenced by John William Waterhouse. He was born in India (his father was a legal official), the family returning to England in 1878 or 1879. Both parents encouraged him in art as a child, only giving him the most decorative books, and surrounding him only with that which was beautiful. From 1880 he was tutored by J. A. Vintner, until 1887 when his father died. His mother, keen for Byam Shaw to continue painting although the rest of the family opposed the idea, arranged for him to be taken to see John Millais, who advised that the young man should immediately start working towards a studentship at the Royal Academy Schools. To this end, he studied at St John’s Wood School for two years, and was then able to enter the Academy Schools in 1890. He studied there until 1892, and then shared a studio with the artist Gerald Metcalfe. Later, together with Vicat Cole, he founded a school of art in Kensington. Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale later taught at this school.
Byam Shaw painted pictures inspired directly by the Pre-Raphaelites, commencing with his first picture exhibited at the Royal Academy, Rose Marie (1893), taken from a Rossetti poem, as was We Too, She Said (1895) (from The Blessed Damozel).More symbolist works include Whither (1896), showing a couple, the woman asleep in the arms of the man, who stares at the sea-maidens of his imagination flocked around the boat. He also painted portraits. He was a strong designer, and did many book illustrations after being encouraged in black-and-white work by the artist Gerald Moira, whom he met while at the Academy Schools. He contributed to the magazine Comic Cuts, and then many children’s books for Cassells, and became one of the foremost illustrators of his time. However, much of his illustrated work is in colour in the cheaper, poorer-quality reproduction books.
Two of his paintings, Jezebel (1896) and The Prodigal’s Return, are at the Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth. Love’s Baubles (1897), a most decorative picture with jewel-like colours, is at the Walker Art Gallery. In Austalia, The Comforter is in the Adelaide Art Gallery.

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I am pleased to announce that we now have the 3rd chapter of Diane Darlings’ Red Queen novel on Earthrites.org. Please check it out!
We also have a new featured video on earthrites.org home page. More changes on the way, so stay tuned!

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EarthRites Radio…

The Music Channels have undergone a transformation and are now broadcasting 24/7. Doug has done some re-engineering, and we have a huge, ever changing show. We have it on a random feed, which is taking some very interesting twist and turns.
If you haven’t checked it out, you should… some very good listening. We just put up another 24 hours of music, and will continue to update the playlist as we go along. If you have any request, please feel free to let us know….
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(John Byam Liston Shaw – Rising Spring)

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Petes Pics: Sheila Chandra: Lament of McCrimmon/Song of the Banshee

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Some Quotes sent to me from my sister Tina….
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

“Love is a better teacher than duty.”

– ALBERT EINSTEIN

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2 Wheel Solution
I stopped into a coffee shop this week and found this item printed on postcard. What a great idea, positively Ghandian in thought and application. A bicycle, the simplest of transportation devices after our own two feet… No petrol, no ethanol, human power applied directly to the situation on hand.

Bikes To Rawanda

So… if you want to make a real difference, one that functions, one that works, consider giving to this organization.

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Two Koans…
Koan: The First Principle
When one goes to Obaku temple in Kyoto he sees carved over the gate the words “The First Principle”. The letters are unusually large, and those who appreciate calligraphy always admire them as being a mastepiece. They were drawn by Kosen two hundred years ago.
When the master drew them he did so on paper, from which the workmen made the large carving in wood. As Kosen sketched the letters a bold pupil was with him who had made several gallons of ink for the calligraphy and who never failed to criticise his master’s work.
“That is not good,” he told Kosen after his first effort.
“How is this one?”
“Poor. Worse than before,” pronounced the pupil.
Kosen patiently wrote one sheet after another until eighty-four First Principles had accumulated, still without the approval of the pupil.
Then when the young man stepped outside for a few moments, Kosen thought: “Now this is my chance to escape his keen eye,” and he wrote hurriedly, with a mind free from distraction: “The First Principle.”
“A masterpiece,” pronounced the pupil.


The Tea-Master & the Assassin
Taiko, a warrior who lived in Japan before the Tokugawa era, studied Cha-no-yu, tea etiquette, with Sen no Rikyu, a teacher of that aesthetical expression of calmness and contentment.
Taiko’s attendant warrior Kato interpreted his superior’s enthusiasm for tea etiquette as negligence of state affairs, so he decided to kill Sen no Rikyu. He pretended to make a social call upon the tea-master and was invited to drink tea.
The master, who was well skilled in his art, saw at a glance the warrior’s intention, so he invited Kato to leave his sword outside before entering the room for the ceremony, explaining the Cha-no-yu represents peacefulness itself.
Kato would not listen to this. “I am a warrior,” he said. “I always have my sword with me. Cha-no-yu or no Cha-no-yu, I have my sword.”
“Very well. Bring your sword in and have some tea,” consented Sen no Rikyu.
The kettle was boiling on the charcoal fire. Suddenly Sen no Rikyu tipped it over. Hissing steam arose, filling the room with smoke and ashes. The startled warrior ran outside.
The tea-master apologized. “It was my mistake. Come back in and have some tea. I have your sword here covered with ashes and will clean it and give it to you.”
In this predicament the warrior realized he could not very well kill the tea-master, so he gave up the idea.

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Another One From Peter:”The Zuvuya Sequence”

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(John Byam Liston Shaw – The Kelpie and the Highlander)

Collected Zen Poems…

If you want to be free,

Get to know your real self.

It has no form, no appearance,

No root, no basis, no abode,

But is lively and buoyant.

It responds with versatile facility,

But its function cannot be located.

Therefore when you look for it,

You become further from it;

When you seek it,

You turn away from it all the more.

– Linji


Where beauty is, then there is ugliness;

where right is, also there is wrong.

Knowledge and ignorance are interdependent;

delusion and enlightenment condition each other.

Since olden times it has been so.

How could it be otherwise now?

Wanting to get rid of one and grab the other

is merely realizing a scene of stupidity.

Even if you speak of the wonder of it all,

how do you deal with each thing changing?

-Ryokan


The monkey is reaching

For the moon in the water.

Until death overtakes him

He’ll never give up.

If he’d let go the branch and

Disappear in the deep pool,

The whole world would shine

With dazzling pureness.

Hakuin


The past is already past.

Don’t try to regain it.

The present does not stay.

Don’t try to touch it.
From moment to moment.

The future has not come;

Don’t think about it

Beforehand.
Whatever comes to the eye,

Leave it be.

There are no commandments

To be kept;

There’s no filth to be cleansed.
With empty mind really

Penetrated, the dharmas

Have no life.
When you can be like this,

You’ve completed

The ultimate attainment.

-Layman P’ang (740-808)


1. Experience Chan! It’s not mysterious.

As I see it, it boils down to cause and effect.

Outside the mind there is no Dharma

So how can anybody speak of a heaven beyond?
2. Experience Chan! It’s not a field of learning.

Learning adds things that can be researched and discussed.

The feel of impressions can’t be communicated.

Enlightenment is the only medium of transmission.
3. Experience Chan! It’s not a lot of questions.

Too many questions is the Chan disease.

The best way is just to observe the noise of the world.

The answer to your questions?

Ask your own heart.
4. Experience Chan! It’s not the teachings of disciples.

Such speakers are guests from outside the gate.

The Chan which you are hankering to speak about

Only talks about turtles turning into fish.
5. Experience Chan! It can’t be described.

When you describe it you miss the point.

When you discover that your proofs are without substance

You’ll realize that words are nothing but dust.
6. Experience Chan! It’s experiencing your own nature!

Going with the flow everywhere and always.

When you don’t fake it and waste time trying to rub and polish it,

Your Original Self will always shine through brighter than bright.
7. Experience Chan! It’s like harvesting treasures.

But donate them to others.

You won’t need them.

Suddenly everything will appear before you,

Altogether complete and altogether done.
8. Experience Chan! Become a follower who when accepted

Learns how to give up his life and his death.

Grasping this carefully he comes to see clearly.

And then he laughs till he topples the Cold Mountain ascetics.
9. Experience Chan! It’ll require great skepticism;

But great skepticism blocks those detours on the road.

Jump off the lofty peaks of mystery.

Turn your heaven and earth inside out.
10. Experience Chan! Ignore that superstitious nonsense

That makes some claim that they’ve attained Chan.

Foolish beliefs are those of the not-yet-awakened.

And they’re the ones who most need the experience of Chan!
11. Experience Chan! There’s neither distance nor intimacy.

Observation is like a family treasure.

Whether with eyes, ears, body, nose, or tongue –

It’s hard to say which is the most amazing to use.
12. Experience Chan! There’s no class distinction.

The one who bows and the one who is bowed to are a Buddha unit.

The yoke and its lash are tied to each other.

Isn’t this our first principle… the one we should most observe?

-Master Xu Yun

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(John Byam Liston Shaw – Jezebel)