Category Archives: Cultivation: culture

Commit, Conquer, Communicate, Cooperate, Coexist

  Good morning!   Still sittings make us holy (wholly wholesome) and harmonious. I forwarded the speech Noam Chomsky gave at Riverside Church on January 5th at the 20th anniversary celebration of Democracy Now! to many groups and individuals. He … Continue reading

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Civilization Collapse

  Good morning and a happy new year!   We have a bright sunny Sunday morning of the new year. We hope all have a happy new year. We have, however, rather ominous news from the past continuing – global … Continue reading

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Calligraphy & Sumie Exhibit

Calligraphy Exhibit Postcard Calligraphy & Sumie by Keiu Yokoyama & Hajime Iwamoto (et al) Opening Reception  Sept. 3 (Wed.), 2014 C.E. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. On View Sept. 3 (Wed.) – Sept. 7 (Sun.) Artist Demonstration 6 p.m. during … Continue reading

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Lion’s Love for Compassion’s Care

http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2014/04/14/284/

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Listen to Leaf

  Beautiful to listen to and hard to believe it’s done with a leaf?!?!? ENJOY! Click here: YouTube – ??Musical leaf-Whispering Hope     – Pat sent this coop music –   Note: The renowned haiku poet Basho said, “Listen … Continue reading

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Paradigm Shift from Civilization to Cultivation

Good morning!   Today, July 7, is Tanabata (七夕), celebrated in the East as the day of the Weaver Princess (Vega) and the Cow-herder Prince (Altair) meet across  Ama-no-gawa (天の 川: Heaven River: Milky Way) and people hope their wishes, written on paper strips hung on bamboo trees, are realized. The day is one of the five Sekkus (節句), distinct marks on the calendar like joints on stalks of bamboo; the others are January 1 (New Year’s Day), March 3 (Peach, now Girls’ Day), May 5 (Iris, now Boys’ Day), September 9 (Mum Day). The last one is called Chōyō (重陽): Double Positive or Sun, which falls on the Sun shining forth that formed the solar system according to the Cosmic Calender (with the Big Bang at the start of the New Year’s Day and the present moment at the end of December 31st). The formation of the Milky Way falls on May Day. So far our planet Earth is the only one with water and life going around the sun in a position appropriate for cycling seasons and system flows. … Continue reading

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Cultivation Culture

Good morning!   Flowers in spring, Cuckoo in summer, The moon in autumn, Snow in winter, Clear and cool.   This is Dogen’s poem titled the original face or original nature.   We can “come and see” such culture in holy truth, goodness, and beauty continuously, if we can cultivate constantly and concentratedly. If we cultivate ourselves with the triple learnings of sīla, samādhi, and prajñā (backbone or morality, serene solid state or concentration, insight or prognosis), we can verify the triple treasures of awakening, awakened truth, true community.   3/13/13  

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Trees Tell Truth

           Trees, the longest-living organisms on Earth, beautify and protect our environment by providing color, shelter, and shade. They renew our air supply by soaking up carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. 10. Cherry Blossom Tunnel, Germany  Photo — Link Each spring, … Continue reading

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Culture: Constant Cultivation or Civilization: Constant Contrivance

Good morning and Happy New Year!   In Japan  we say, “Through Jan. 7, within Matsunouchi.” Matsu stands for pine trees and in this case refers to a New Year’s decoration (matsu-kazari, pine decoration) set up at the gates of … Continue reading

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Plants Planet Practice

Good morning! When I came here I saw the big brilliant sun already up in the sky. The moon is almost full now. With warmer weather we have a lot of flowers and abundant greenery around us. An NHK program … Continue reading

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