Wednesday, December 28, 2016

6 Short Poems about the Monk Ikkyū by John Guzlowski

1. Ikkyū stands at the edge of the great sea— there are waves in his eyes so he shuts them. 2. If Ikkyū falls asleep, his dreams don’t. They live in the river country of trees and sunshine. 3. Ikkyū sits in the marketplace and tries to explain everything: Here’s what he says to a soldier: A tree is the palm of my hand and the face of all there is in the universe to wonder about It is the tree to heaven and its roots start in my heart and yours. 4. Ikkyū knows Buddha can’t tell him why the rain falls or why sin is a wide road with many curves or why he grows old when he has struggled so much to know so little of life. 5. Ikkyū watches the snow fall at night He’s happy it’s warm and that others sleep in the shadows with him. 6. Ikkyū eats a black cherry and remembers a dead friend how much he loved strawberries their dark sweetness early in the morning the harvest never lasted long enough

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Thich Nhat Hanh - The Ultimate Dimension - Session 1

On The Ultimate Dimension, you are invited to sit beside Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh for an advanced dharma retreat that opens the doorway to this sublime experience of being. With him, you will plant the seeds for a daily practice to transform the way you relate to life's difficulties, and begin to unfold your natural state of happiness and wisdom—your Buddha nature.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

“locative tracking technology programs.” ... via

DEC 22, 2016 — Greetings friends, 
This update is extremely important as it pertains to the rights of all American citizens. On Thursday the House passed a bill that will make microchipping Americans legal. 
The bill is known as Kevin and Avonte’s Law, and the idea behind it is that mentally disabled people who are microchipped will be easy to locate if they get lost. This is a giant step toward universal microchipping of everyone. Unfortunately, most Americans did not even realize that this bill was being discussed. 
H.R. 4919, which passed 346 to 66 in the lower chamber, mandates the U.S. attorney general award grants to law enforcement officials so that those agencies can create, establish and operate “locative tracking technology programs.” The bill was approved by a margin of almost 300 votes which means that it had support from representatives in both parties. Now we wait and see what the Senate will do, and then it will be up to our President to either veto it or not.

Read the rest of the article by clicking here.

Further reading: H.R. 4919 broken down, via

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Mirror of Zen - A Day in the Moment of a Modern Zen Monk

Zen's ancient teachings seem a mystery to many. But actually, Zen is very simple: Zen means attaining my true self -- "What am I?" In this revolutionary film by acclaimed filmmaker Christine Schmitthenner, we see a Western Zen monk in his daily activities in the world: chanting, meditating, preparing breakfast, riding public transport, meeting with friends, even shaving his head -- from moment to moment, not attached to conceptual thinking, everything is Zen, which just means everything is "moment." The subject of this unusual film, Hyon Gak Sunim, allowed filmmakers to follow his daily living and teaching activities for a week as he met with students and organized his daily activities. Sunim is widely recognized as one of the most influential Zen monks in modern Korean Buddhist history, a graduate of Yale and Harvard who entered the monastic life in 1992 and has done over 20 years of intensive Zen training in the ancient Zen temples of Korea. His enlightenment was certified ("inka") in a public ceremony in 2001 by his teacher, the legendary Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927-2004). Now based in the West, he wanders the world, teaching wherever invited.

Antonyms of Beauty / Directed by Khalik Allah

Antonyms of Beauty
Directed by Khalik Allah

Photographer: Khalik Allah
Filmed May 4th, 9th, 17th 2013.
Harlem, NYC


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Mear One - "Time & Space" Miami Basel 2012 HD (Official Video)

Stop Motion/Time Lapse video with Mear One rocking a large mural in Miami Beach for Art Basel Miami 2012.

"This Mural is a Collaboration between Risk and myself. This marks the final Mural of my year-long Tour Of Conscious Art. Particles and Wavelengths Park West Miami on NE 10th St. on corner of NE 2nd St." - Mear One

Produced by: Roger L. Griffith
Music by: Nosaj Thing - Eclipse/Blue

Mear One

Nosaj Thing

Mear One - "Time & Space" Miami Basel 2012 HD (Official Video)

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Joshu's Zen

Joshu began the study of Zen when he was sixty years old and continued until he was eighty, when he realized Zen.

He taught from the age of eighty until he was one hundred and twenty.

A student once asked him: "If I haven't anything in my mind, what shall I do?"
Joshu replied: "Throw it out."

"But if I haven't anything, how can I throw it out?" continued the questioner.

"Well," said Joshu, "then carry it out."

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Fred Hampton Documentary

Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969)

Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969) was an American activist and revolutionary,[3] chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP), and deputy chairman of the national BPP. Hampton was assassinated while sleeping at his apartment during a raid by a tactical unit of the Cook County, Illinois State's Attorney's Office, in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in December 1969. A civil lawsuit filed in 1970 resulted in 1982 in a settlement of $1.85 million. The background and events of Hampton's murder have been chronicled in several documentary films.

Fred Hampton Documentary

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Song On the End of the World - By Czeslaw Milosz

On the day the world ends 
A bee circles a clover, 
A fisherman mends a glimmering net. 
Happy porpoises jump in the sea, 
By the rainspout young sparrows are playing 
And the snake is gold-skinned as it should always be. 
On the day the world ends 
Women walk through the fields under their umbrellas, 
A drunkard grows sleepy at the edge of a lawn, 
Vegetable peddlers shout in the street 
And a yellow-sailed boat comes nearer the island, 
The voice of a violin lasts in the air 
And leads into a starry night. 

And those who expected lightning and thunder 
Are disappointed. 
And those who expected signs and archangels’ trumps 
Do not believe it is happening now. 
As long as the sun and the moon are above, 
As long as the bumblebee visits a rose, 
As long as rosy infants are born 
No one believes it is happening now. 

Only a white-haired old man, who would be a prophet 
Yet is not a prophet, for he’s much too busy, 
Repeats while he binds his tomatoes: 
There will be no other end of the world, 
There will be no other end of the world. 

Warsaw, 1944

A Song On the End of the World - By Czeslaw Milosz

Interview Between Wallace Stegner and Czeslaw Milosz

Interview Between Wallace Stegner and Czeslaw Milosz

"Thrown" -Ed Bok Lee

"Thrown" -Ed Bok Lee

Celebration of Wislawa Szymborska

Celebrate the life and work of Wislawa Szymborska upon publication of Map: Collected and Last Poems.

Renowned American poet Charles Simic will be joined by Szymborska's award-winning translator Clare Cavanagh; Szymborska's personal assistant, the writer and critic Michal Rusinek; and the poet and translator Krystyna Dabrowska, who won the first Wislawa Szymborska poetry prize in 2013.

Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012) is among Poland's most-read and best-loved poets. Her work spanned 60 years including the Second World War, the Communist period and the return of democracy after 1989. She began writing during the Second World War, and published her first poem in 1945. Her mature poetry emphasized human dignity and the wonder of the everyday, with a characteristic wit and humor.

The winner of many awards, Szymborska became Poland's fourth Nobel Prize for Literature laureate in 1996. The Nobel committee praised her "for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality."

Map: Collected and Last Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015) is a fitting monument to Szymborska's life and work. Gathering work from Szymborska's nearly 70 years of activity and rendered into beautiful English by Clare Cavanagh and the late Stanislaw Baranczak. The collection includes work never before published in English, including the entirety of Enough, her last publication published before her death.

Celebration of Wislawa Szymborska

Friday, December 2, 2016

Rasheed Jamal - Simply Beautiful (Super Ugly) [Jam of the Day]

Rasheed Jamal is on his toes on Simply Beautiful and the video is simple and lends credence to the flow and the track as a whole. Something about following Jamal and his crew around Portland that just makes me feel good about life, love and this song.

If you're new to Rasheed Jamal's music or his FRSHTRB conglomerate, click here for an interview with the immensely talented word smith and artist.

Rasheed Jamal - Simply Beautiful (Super Ugly)

Emptiness is NOT nothing - teaching from Thich Nhat Hanh

Emptiness is NOT nothing - teaching from Thich Nhat Hanh