New at the artisans’ gallery – photographer Roy Money
One of the most revered figures in Zen is Eihei Dogen, a 13th century Japanese Zen master who wrote that “Seeing forms with the whole body and mind, hearing sounds with the whole body and mind, one understands them intimately.” How is it possible to notice the radiance of things as they are and convey something significant of that close encounter? Certainly acute attention and some moments of grace are a part of the process.
For some artists and philosophers nature exhibits a kind of intelligence – not mind in the conventional sense but in the systematic interaction and self regulation of differentiated parts – the mind of mountains and rivers and the body they inhabit, and the intricate complexity of their innumerable relations. A rather different kind of mind than the usual meaning of the word, but a kind that resonates with my sense of the world.
– Roy Money
Roy Money at the artisans’ gallery
be not afraid of beauty
Milosz, Lawrence, Einstein and Adyashanti on nondual awareness
the dance of Me and Mu
It feels like time for a nod to Frederick Franck, mentor supreme, whose book The Awakened Eye provided the impetus and the title for this blog and website.
For to the awakened eye no thing remains a mere thing. It reveals itself to be, instead of an object, an EVENT in the timeless abyss of time, an event of unfathomable meaning that happens to take place more or less simultaneously with the event I call “Me”. In the language of Zen this state of no-thingness, of selflessness, is called Mu (literally it means “no”), in which I become an empty vessel, filled by what the eye sees.
I let [the things being drawn] flow through this Mu, let them precipitate themselves onto the paper, as if without any “thinking”, any interference on my part.
For these moments to happen I have lived sixty-some years.
– Frederick Franck, The Awakened Eye
pacem in terris
waking up to wonder
the leaf’s budding and dying are my own!
homage to Frederick Franck
seeing/drawing as meditation
the Face of faces
Frederick Franck at the artisans’ gallery
the 10 commandments
(Frederick Franck’s guidelines for the creative life)