Pictures From An Exhibition….

(Picture From an Exhibition: Golden Dawn – G.Llwydd)

This is a bit late getting out… but here ya are. Lots, and I mean lots on this entry… so with out further blather… I present the menu!
On The Menu:

Pictures From An Exhibition…. “The Samsara Engine” The Gallery Opening!

Koan: Flower Shower

Waterboys – Everyone Takes A Tumble…

Koan: The Giver Should Be Thankful

Zen Mind: The Poetry of Bassui

(Picture From An Exhibition: Mantis 1-G. Llwydd)

The Official Opening of ‘The Samsara Engine’ Exhibition at the Clinton Corner Cafe …
We had some brave 50 souls or so show up for the opening at the Cafe on Saturday night…
It was quite a varied crowd, from 10 month olds (Mr. Eildon) up to the late 60′s, college kids, some of Rowan’s friends, other artist, family in all its mutations and friends! Lots of friends!
We were scheduled for 5-7 but it went on past 9:30… It was interesting getting feedback on what I had been working on for so long. Many Earthriters were there… Miss Cymon made an appearance, Lyterphotos’ and his lovely family and friend, Victor and the Divine Miss Kim (Victors’ better half), Leana & Richard, PK who is an Earthrites graduate… There were many friends of Turfing as well, which was gratifying. Morgan Miller popped in, Doran, Tim and Leland were there in the corner goofing, and our neighbors Fritz, Cindy and their daughter as well.
It seem that it was a wonderful time had by all!
Miss Cymon and PK talking… This was Cymon’s first outing since her surgery at the end of August! She braved it out until the end. It was very nice to see her up and about, we were very happy to see her. PK showed up earlier at our house before the show when I was running around like a mad man… Collecting bamboo for picture frames….

The lovely Miss Carlie, with our nephew Ethan (on the left) and his twin, Andrew. Yeah, I know. anyway… (they did once look like each other) Carlie just got back from living in Rome for the summer studying architecture, and living the good life in Italy… Ethan and Andrew were very attentive to the cheese tray, and excited about the whole event. Two of the most enthusiastic young men that I know!

Mary and Julie greeting each other… Julies’ wonderful Mike is on the left behind, and her ex John on the right… We have known Julie and John since we first moved to Portland 15 years ago. Julie does some brilliant scientific research, (along with Mike) and John does environmental restoration in the local parks. Wonderful minds, and very good friends.

Leana and yours truly nattering away. I was so pleased that Leana and her husband Richard came to the opening! They moved up here from Berkeley and have been settling in to the South West Portland area….

If you want to visit the exhibition with me as a guide… just let me know via email. I will be happy to show you around. All the prints will be available on-line soon for purchase if you are interested!
Thanks a big bunch,
(Picture From an Exhibition: Homage to Aldous -G. Llwydd)

Koan: Flower Shower
Subhuti was Buddha’s disciple. He was able to understand the potency of emptiness, the viewpoint that nothing exists except in its relationship of subjectivity and objectivity.
One day Subhuti, in a mood of sublime emptiness, was sitting under a tree. Flowers began to fall about him.
“We are praising you for your discourse on emptiness,” the gods whispered to him.
“But I have not spoken of emptiness,” said Subhuti.
“You have not spoken of emptiness, we have not heard emptiness,” responded the gods. “This is the true emptiness.” And blossoms showered upon Subhuti as rain.
Waterboys – Everyone Takes A Tumble…


Koan: The Giver Should Be Thankful
While Seisetsu was the master of Engaku in Kamakura he required larger quarters, since those in which he was teaching were overcrowded. Umezu Seibei, a merchant of Edo, decided to donate five hundred pieces of gold called ryo toward the construction of a more commodious school. This money he brought to the teacher.
Seisetsu said: “All right. I will take it.”
Umezu gave Seisetsu the sack of gold, but he was dissatisfied with the attitude of the teacher. One might live a whole year on three ryo, and the merchant had not even been thanked for five hundred.
“In that sack are five hundred ryo,” hinted Umezu.
“You told me that before,” replied Seisetsu.
“Even if I am a wealthy merchant, five hundred ryo is a lot of money,” said Umezu.
“Do you want me to thank you for it?” asked Seisetsu.
“You ought to,” replied Uzemu.
Why should I?” inquired Seisetsu. “The giver should be thankful.”

Zen Mind: The Poetry of Bassui

What is this mind?

Who is hearing these sounds?

Do not mistake any state for Self-realization.

Continue to ask yourself:

What is it that hears?

Who is hearing?

Your physical being doesn’t hear,

Nor does the void.

Then what does?

Strive to find out.

Put aside your rational Intellect,

Give up all techniques.

Just get rid of the notion of self.

Cast off what has been realized.

Turn back to the subject

That realizes

To the root bottom

And resolutely

Go on.

Just stop your wandering,

Look penetratingly

Into your inherent nature,

And, concentrating your Spiritual energy,

Sit in zazen

And break through.

Look directly!

What is this?

Look in this manner

And you won’t be fooled!

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