Shallow shelters, sundry seens

Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.


The Adventures 0f Tom Sawyer Preface written by the author

Hartford, 1871 Harpers & Brothers New York Copyright 1920 Mark Twain Company

The old lady pulled her spectacles down and looked over them about the room; then she put them up and looked out under them. She seldom or never looked through them for so small a thing as a boy; they were her street pair.t he pride of her heart, and were built for “style” not service—she could have seen through a pair of stove-lids just as well.She looked perplexed for a moment, but still loud enough for the furniture to hear: . . .

. . . Well, I lay if I get ’hold of you,, I’ll—

From the first page of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Hartford, 1871 Harpers & Brothers New York Copyright 1920

Alameda Creek

Along Alameda Creek life goes on, there is more, or less, water in the creek, more or fewer geese and ducks, seasonal changing vegetation the ever changing sky . . . and ones mental attitude.

These images will not tell you something you know or don’t know, Sometimes it may seem that reading the words is the price to see the images, but then again you do not have to read the words.

These past weeks people all over the world have been watching a daily reality TV show of putin using the Russian army to attack Ukraine, murdering innocent people, destroying infrastructure, stealing property, and from some reports, plundering, torturing and raping.

For perhaps the first time international television news is available via smart phone all around Earth, in real time or very close to real time—the world is watching the murder of innocent people by putin’s russian army.

What are they thinking??

Enabled by the legal legitimization defending the of carving up Earth into sovereign.geo-political units based on conditions in history which no longer exist, the world has changed? but people have not.

What we see is what human behavior is, we need to also ask what was it through history what can we learn from that hjstory.. Later we can consider any future plans.

Putin can do this without negative action taken to stop him because of the common acceptance of the principle of a sovereign geo-political unit, the nation state . . .War —acceptable until it isn’t.

.Nation states claim the sovereign right to kill people “to defend itself— the country..”

The nation state claims the right to send their own citizens to kill others, and die doing so, to defend itself.

Through history we people have seen and recorded the behaviors which enabled human beings to survive, evolve and have a history looking backwards we see a history of inhumanity, and humanity as well . That does not mean it was necessary to behave like that to get here. . . Sufficient, perhaps but not necessary. and not necessary to continue them,

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Temples in Japan and perhaps else where in Southeast Asia, are places where individuals come to pray at their own choice of time, and place, different than coming once a week to a group church service, maybe the latter enables the congregation to see who’s been good or bad.

Community events happen on temple grounds, and there may be classes in Buddhism, perhaps classes in kendo, ikebana, Cha-do, whatever

And chanting may be open to the public.

Looks kind if imposing when its empty.

Sometimes you are all alone–bow, clap your hands, ring the bell, make a small financial donation—and on your way. .

The temple and shrine grounds are usually open to individuals any time, no priest watching you. or telling you.

There was no wedding service here I think, usually weddings are done at shrines. or sometimes even in churches—its more of visual thing, some Japanese like the ceremony and clothes. I was there when they arrived and after they left, probably a PR or News shoot.

Wood blocks from a temple, respectively LtoR., intaglio, relief and a prove from the relief. The first block uses old style Chinese Seal Script— The proof has the Japanese pronunciation. The “Silk Road” from hundreds of years BCE was not only a distribution system for goods from one place to another, but also a place where Buddhism, as well as other religions and, knowledge in general, was circulated and dispersed

For many years Buddhist sutras were printed this way—as likely were other religious groups. Chinese were using wood to print since 200BCE. and movable type from 1040 AD; the Gutenberg press using movable type from around 1440.. and “written knowledge” to be spread from Europe across Asia to China .A copy of the Diamond Sutra from the sixth century is the oldest Buddhist printed sutra known .

People like drum sounds, when drummers are playing in public people will stop and listen. Who leads, who follows, who enjoys playing more? Sometimes I think that Warhol’s whole life was a single painting stroking to the beat of the Velvet Underground . In early films some peoples were shown using drums as a (primitive) method of communication, passing along information from place to place, but for any kind of detailed information you need 1) people from different places with the same drumming skills, and 2) a common detailed sound language. Language works great with sounds and graphics.

Earth spent .543 billion years arranging itself, this is what our world looks like today, I wonder from where did the raw materials come to make this station stare and what did people do to get them here.?

SiddarthaGuatuma had four seens: sickness, old age, death and the ascetic..

Gate gate paragate parasamgate Bodhi Svaha

Fete of know Fait

I am curious as to what people do–what is their actual behavior compared to the words used to express it

Some words are general, these people are waiting for a bus, they are doing the same thing,–waiting for the bus– but each is doing it differently in a different place.

I use the term society to mean a group of people who interact with each other in shared social networks, “Culture” as a popular term has developed a meaning different than the original sociological and anthropological intentions,.

To one person he is getting dressed , to another he is being disgusting.

Think of culture as a field resulting from individual‘s interactive behavior which defines the structure of human behavior within a specific area defined by the network of interaction.. Probably worked much better in the 1800 ’s; now the Earth is The Only Area . . .The only culture on this Earth is a global culture..

Graffitti–Art or vandalism? What is being communicated and Who‘s on first?

Culture is a unifying force, or field, like a gravitational field with natural forces between stars, planets and particles acting upon each other to move things around in an ordered manner enabling functionality and survival, while constantly changing.

Its the same with people, when they behave in ways that enable survival those behaviors are repeated because they work. Imagine if each person had to develop their language instead of learning one, how little conversation there would be, how little evolution.

This is what happens when people behave as society, is this human nature?

Alameda Creek

Human Nature and Social Solidarity

Pretty much every day I walk along Alameda Creek, usually between Beard Road Staging and Isherwood. I usually have a point&shoot camera with me.

Man in society must be under rulers.
St Thomas Aquinas

Is Human Nature a Thing or a a Set of Things which all individuals have in equal or differing quantities. If everyone has these qualities, are they good or bad? or are some qualities good and some bad. or can a quality be good in one situation and bad in another?

Mostly people behave in ways which enable the functioning of the society, taking a walk along the levee i spretty safe

Some authoritarian philosophies of social solidarity support government policy to defend those who hold political power using law.: The purpose of law is order, not justice.

Man in society must be under rulers.” Saint Thomas Aquinas

The private good and the public good are not the same.
Saint Thomas Aquinas

Just rule by one person is the best form of government, Its opposite is the worst.
Just as government by a king is best, so government by a tyrant is the worst.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

So many tyrants, so little time. and it only gets worse with nation states–national sovereignty, tax payer funded military, laws defending the state, patriotism, demagogues_is it human nature that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely..

Authoritarian philosophies usually are built on the belief that parts of human nature are good and other parts bad,

Those parts which are bad, defined ideally, are parts which create disorder in the society having a negative effect on the equality of life for people. and need to be prevented by any means necessary.

In real life, parts which are bad, are defined by the personal interests of the ruler.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,

From a distance there is always peace in the valley, but when you try to go its so far away.

Three sets of sunglasses

Siddhartha Gautuma had four sightings of the outside world which so moved him he left his princely life to search, as a holy man to understand the source of suffering from sickness, old age and death .

He not busy being born is busy dying .
Bob Dylan It‘s alright Ma

Half of the people can be part right all of the time
And some of the people can be all right part of the time
But all of the people can’t be all right all of the time”
I think Abraham Lincoln said that.
“I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours”
I said that.

Talkin‘ WWWIII Blues Bob Dylan

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For some time I wondered if the goal of Buddhist practice was to awaken the Buddha inside myrself, then why was the Buddha hiding inside myself in the first place?

Was it at one time human nature t was o be a Buddha and then humans and Buddhas become separated?
the person and their Buddha were alienated from each other?
Or maybe there was no first place. . .in the first place.

One day Hui-chung asked Tzu-lin,
“What is the meaning of Buddha?”
Tzu-lin answered, “Awakening.”
Hui-chung asked “Is Buddha confused?”
Tzu-lin answered., “Buddha is never confused.”
Hui-chung said, “Why does he need awakening?”

The Mind of Chinese Ch’an The Ch’an school masters and their kung-ans by Yi Wu

I was married in a Buddhist Temple. My face looks weird but I was never comfortable in a suit . My parents look happier than us. Priest Murakami was hesitant to marry us, he wondered if I was an ”American fad&fashion buddhist.”

Older Japanese houses may not have central heating, especially n the more rural the area.. In cold times people sit around the kotatsu, a table with a heat source underneath and a padded cover.

A pair of kotatsu repurposed as tables

Do words express true meanings,
I mean no words are still the same.
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What is it that is so confusing about words??
Young . . .

or old . Why is it that I must awaken the Buddha inside me instead of the Buddha awaking the I holding him. imprisoned?

.Gate gate para gate, parasamgate Bodhi svaha

Earth owed children

The sounds of the world

On this morning Sangha chanted and then ate lunch, usually donated and prepared by the community.

Under the table

And a little of the local gossip: Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva He Who Observers the Sounds of the World. In the 25th chapter of Lotus Sutra Avalokitesvara says he will take any form to deliver the Dharma to people—In India Avalokitesvara is male, in China (Guanyin) and Japan (Kannon) female. Avalokitesvara is often a part of both Mahayana and Theravada and Heart Sutra is Avalokitesvara talking to Shariputra .

The Saishi (priest) is waiting until 6:00 am to open the doors for the public to join chanting. at Sensoji, Asakuksa, Tokyo, founded in 645, and since WWII identified with Kannon.

Its a popular temple with businesses which cater to visitors, such as renting a kimono while walking around ‘or tour carts. hand drawn by young men .and Nakamise, a shopping street running through the big gate to the main temple with shops selling many things and senbei.

Temples, unlike western churches do not offer “regular group services. The monks have work to do. if large then the administration and clerical employees may be involved Temples have events, in smaller towns t may serve as like a community center, a place where local events or meetings occur.

Selfie at Sensoji—a piece of Earth was mined to provide material which went into making a consumer product—a selfie stick—which will be used for awhile and “thrown away” in the garbage.

And ten hours way in San Francisco, imagine attaching a $1000 computer-phone to a cheap “selfie stick?”

In San Francisco people come out and talk to each other; Union Square

These two were stating a business together on Market Street, the arms tell one story and the knees another.

Truth lies just outside of the UN plaza.

I spoke with this man, just to make sure, he was actually texting himself.

This gentleman was protesting something about collusion between Leo Leporte and Steve Jobs, collusion which did him wrong, so he claimed. (Leporte had a radio broadcasting career related to promoting Tech and answering questions about computers.) I liked that the strong color was in the background while the man is dressed in dreary colored clothes.

I saw her standing there in the street , bags on the side walk, it was uphill and I cold use a ret so I sat on a door entrance ledge, and watched. After about 20 minutes a big black car pulls, a young son gets out, phone-ear- hand-mouth busy, all the while as he with one free hand, he opens the trunk , loads the bags in three trips , opens t3he back door, escorts his mom in to the car, shuts the door, goes around to get in the driver’s side and drives aways, all the while talking on the phone.

A building of one first floor and one second floor apartments with a (shared?) garage and a view from the rear? Interesting living arrangements, nice if you are young.and ride a motorcycle.

Alameda Creek

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,. . .

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,. . .

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law, . . .

The Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of The United Nations is written in brass letters in the walk through UN Plaza in San Francisco.

Earth, wandering through the Universe, is the only human “known” location of “intelligent life.”

“Becoming Human,” the 400,000 years of human beings striving to get to today, to this moment, and then to the next moment, and so on . . .

Imagine all of Humanity as one living entity, one living thing, acting in its own interest, and each of us now and through history, are one functioning piece of a bigger whole.—I guess that would be like Earth being a Big Borg.

It does not appear to be a united well functioning effort different parts, the people, are acting against each other and if people is the measure of success, we end up killing others, many who are innocent people, for the survival of ourselves—those of “us” who are left here to read this, “they” are no long with us.

Humans have an archeological history of 300,000 years (more or less its a flexible category depending on definitions, buts its a long time compared to one of out lifetimes.). Compare contemporary tech innovations to those of (imagined) prehistory—they started out with nothing. and figure out practical knowledge such as Joinary; portable containers to hold liquid; fire and heat management; farming and many other great achievements, and all peoples on this Earth now figured out enough to survive this far. All the lives that have gone into this.moment,

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For awhile my m/other lived in. a memory care facility. I used to show her photographs, here is my mother and father, I was did not know if she was able to remember.

A chart showing seasonality differences for Apple, could be product sales, gross income, who knows,

A simple design using contrasts of things to organize it—odds/evens, moving/standing , light/dark, big/small, and I always like the humor of the reflection.

A warm afternoon and birds beware.
brush painting by Janney

Gate gate paragate parasamgate Bodhi Svaha

Que duo? Company

Often I see photographs in the news media and images from movies, television and other forms of streaming visual information showing “people in the news,”.

Of course that is what they are, by definition,.

I like more simple moments,

A moment not intempted to be special . . .

No script, no director, no rehearsals, no make-up crew . .
siblings selling lemonade on lower Magazine Street about 1970.

when I see it —two people together on their road,—its “no simple highway.…”

And its for “your steps alone.”

lyrics (in quotes} from Ripple, Grateful Dead

Alameda Creek

The meaning of Shaka Buddha is an end to human suffering.

When Guatama Buddha was born to a family of wealth and military power., a sage told his father that he would be a leader who united India or a religious leader . His father rejected the latter, and for 29 years Siddartha lived in a (over) protective environment ..

One day being driven around the outside in his horse drawn carriage he encountered the four signs and learned human suffering, old age;, .sickness, and death, and last, a wandering religious beggar dressed in simple yellow clothes, was peaceful and calm with an inward joy. It is said that the horse who was reborn as a god.

Guatama left home to seek an end to human suffering.

So for some time I have wondered what is this human suffering that Shaka Buddha sought to end.?

I thought about the human expressions of human suffering I have experienced, whether myself or expressed to me by others .

Common, perhaps call it natural, condition of human suffering is one thing—everyone is suffering from the same thing—but many individual expressions, including my own, were often differing personal instances of feelings of unhappiness.

Dying of sickness or old age, these are not feelings, but “real,”

What is the human suffering Buddha worked so hard to end—is it just the cycle of life? Would not the end of the cycle of life and death simply be no more life? The end of the reincarnation cycle ?

But maybe Shaka Buddha meant just what he said.

At that time in India belief in reincarnation was popular . Reincarnation means a cycle of non ending birth&death and birth& death and birth& death. How to end the cycle of human suffering. I don’t know if Buddha was also referring to the more common personal expressions of human emotional suffering, maybe, maybe knot.

In spite of the really lonely times of suffering I .have had .in my life, I would do it again just for those few feeling good times . . .

“I’d give all my tomorrows for a single yesterday
Holding Bobby’s body next to mine”

Lyrics from Me and Bobby McGee Kris Kristofferson

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The beginning of the Lunar New Year, Year of the Tiger, marked by a Welcome Painting . . .

Painting by Janney

and oranges and incense at the temple.

Walking up Telegraph Hill from Columbus Ave.

Afternoon shadows in San Francisco

Afternoon sun from Telegraph Hill, I guess that would be Russian Hill in the background. .

Looking west from somewhere along Polk Street ..

Gate Gate paragate ,parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha

Four tell the past

“Little birdie, little birdie,
What makes your head so red.
You’ve a short time for to be here,
And a long time to be dead.”

traditional Appalachian song

Fifty years ago seems like along time ago:

Strong Maine , 1970

Leonard, Cambridge MA 1971

Japan Center, San Francisco, early 1990s

I have reached my definition of dementia —When I go to doctor with a problem, and the doctor tells me its because of my, age, it will not get better, and probable get worse as I age.

Arthritis

Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples are part of the everyday life of of Tokyo residents, where people encounter them face to face as they go about their business. Here is one sandwiched in between office buildings with a grande view of an apartment building for their backyard landscape.Temples and shrines are designed for on-demand personal use.

Small among large, land ‘in Tokyo is very expensive and the zoning is very different,

The lush of San Francisco.

Alameda Creek

Individual people have five senses which enable a person to function in the universe. Living things, unlike rocks for example, are required to behave, to do something, to enable survival. Our senses give us information which enables survival.

We interact with the universe and differentiate one thing from another, Some things help us survive,, some do not and some things are dangerous. We use our senses to know and we can only know what we can sense.

We also have the ability to create tools to extend our senses,

While this does enable us to see things beyond the biological capabilities of our human senses, it does not enable us to know the things which might be “sensed” or “known” by other kinds of senses, not just smell, sight, sound, smell or taste. We cannot know what we don’t know.

We also have “mind” or “reason.” Through the process of human knowing we have knowledge—we know a bunch of “things” and we can use the mind/reason to relate them to each other using language.People use their senses to differentiate one thing from another and mind to give it a unique identity—a name.

In one sense the history of people is a history of always ”discovering new things, ” a history which brought a new meaning with the creation and development of writing, printing, and now digital, which makes information instantly accessible and enables a qualitatively new level of comparative analysis.

Sometimes new discoveries shed light —a thing is actually not a thing , but a bunch of different things. Air for the example, the (no) thing we used to differentiate things like a mountain from a tree, actually a bunch of small particles.

Things can have both a general and particular quality to them . We scan peak of horses in general,, a concept, yet each specific horse will never be the exact of the concept and it works well for communication and survival but there no such real horse as the concept of horse.

The camera is a tool to enable people to use light to record a moment of the past.

Still when people see the same photograph often they do not see the same thing

A photograph is a specific record, a particular situation of a thing, and not a general. yet people may still disagree on what they see when viewing the same photograph.

Sometimes its easier for people to agree on what is the general, an ”imaginary concept” of a thing; than on what is the particular, a specific ”Real” thing.

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a) People are naturally good; or,
b) People are naturally bad; or,
c) People are naturally good and bad.

”Naturally” refers to a quality of human life which by default is unchangeable, immutable. We all have it, its human nature, in our biology.

Consider even if each of us has the quality, can there be quantitative differences of that quality among individuals . . .

Such as compassion, cruelty, a mechanical sense, a talent, a way with people, an instinct, an intuition.

a) People are naturally good; or.
b) People are naturally bad; or.
c) People are naturally good and bad.

Choose one of a), b), or c) from above: —How might the societies be different?.

Marshall McLuhan tells the story of two women meeting on a sidewalk.One is pushing a baby in a carriage and the other says ,“What a beautiful baby,” and the other responds , “Oh, you should see the photograph.”

I don’t care if my photographs are fake or real, they are just about trying to forget my problems to make myself feel happy enough to get through the day.

Gate gate paragate parasamgate, bodhi svaha