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Welcome from New Year’s Tiger

Year of the Tiger, brush drawing by Janney

Welcome to Dim Sum in Fremont California. Fremont, the fourth most populated city in the Bay area and was established in 1956 when the small local towns of Centerville, Irvington, Mission San Jose, Niles, and Warm Springs joined to become one city.

During the 1960s computer related engineers from Asia, especially from China and India, increasingly came to Silicon Valley for computer related jobs, jobs which also pay well.

When I moved here around 1980, house prices in the area from Palo Alto through Sunnyvale area were increasing and Fremont was not referred to as a part of “Silicon Valley.” Although many computer related businesses had locations in San Jose, along 101 and 237 there was an arrogant hesitancy to even call San Jose a part of Silicon Valley in spite of above 101 was an ever growing assortment of computer related business

Marinated tofu; tofu is one of my favorites foods, we have it probably 3-4 times a week.

Plate of three Old Fashioned Egg Custard

At this time Fremont had a safe town with plenty of business space and residential housing before going through the canyon to the other side of the mountains. .Many people from Asia have established in Fremont. I got my first office, $35/month, in Fremont, and a few years later moved my residence there. Plenty of Chinese and Indian restaurants.

Black Steamed Bun with Egg Yolk, soft and sweet,

Small matters

Before Christmas, I saw this elderly woman carrying her bedroom while moving the wheel chair with her feet. She was moving so slow, perhaps with know where too go, Imagine what it would be like, leaving a shelter in the morning to return at night, having to carry your belongings with you. And from a wheelchair on the street, I wonder “Just where and how do you use the bathroom.”

With modern society came many benefits, and wealth, an excess of wealth, people with billions while others are suffering . Most of us would like to solve that problem, we don’t know how or maybe we no how.

A burrito, a tube of chips and a newspaper for breakfast, al fresco.dining.

Where could I go but to the Lord.
”Seeking the refuge for my soul
Needing a friend to save me in the end
Won’t you tell me
Where could I go but to the Lord”

Where could I go but to the Lord. J,B Coats (1901-1961)

It is an old Martin-D28, between the stubs of fingers on his right hand he is holding a flat pick, its an open tuning and singing mostly southern gospel songs.

They had just arrived from Appalachia, an old gas guzzling car with a backseat piled with f clothes among old fast food wrappers. Toledo, circa 1969

Powell Street Station woman delivering a lecture to the tourists standing in line to ride the cable car up Powell Street.

Maybe he was a fisherman in his younger days, or perhaps someone”s ne’er do well brother., he has a job
Boston, circa 1970

Alameda Creek

I walk along Alameda Creek almost every day, Some times I listen to podcasts, other times I meet someone and walk&talk with her or him or I just use my five senses to keep my mind form wandering.

When the water comes from here it means the dams are open upstream. Sometimes young people come here as a group or by themselves .

Fremont lies in the shadows of Mission Peak

There is a notion that what you sense—see, hear, touch, smell and taste—are Real, and we differentiate and define them as “Real Things.”

And then the Universe is a bunch of things with space between the things enclosed in an undefined (but expanding) area. The purpose of Science is to differentiate each thing and give it a name and one day we will know everything in the Universe.

Yet as we examine the “space” between things, we find “smaller things” with space between them, which as time goes on, repeats itself. Oh the Absolute Absurdity of It All——The Myth of Sysphus ( book by A. Camus).

Stephen Hawking remarked (my paraphrase): At one time Philosophy was ahead of Science, but now Science was ahead of philosophy and will be until Science has discovered everything in the universe.” —which he he suggested was coming soon.

It seems that while Science is an excellent human tool for knowing, we are the universe looking at itself and its a a classic subject-object situation. For the Universe . people looking at the Universe is like me looking at my foot, or how about me looking at my mind?

And does this search by the Universe have a purpose ?

Look around you, most other living things are busy meeting basic needs. People on the other hand are busy doing all kinds of things including many choose and enjoy the work they do.

Suppose that the Universe had developed a sickness and evolved human beings to cure itself. —But would not the sickness be a part of the Universe? or Maybe we are not the doctor but the sickness?

Imagine culture as a snowball rolling down an infinite decline, forever increasing its size as it gathers more snow as it rolls, maybe discarding some here or there and mixing some different snows together,

Through history people pop up here and there on the always-increasing-in- size snowball, and their experience is limited to what they can muddle around and see, hear, smell, taste or touch .

Each individual has a different place in the snowball, each has their own unique experiences in real and historical time., though there are enough “near-the-same” experiences to enable normalized working social relationships—human survival as a society.

Appreciate how having a written language means a qualitatively different society—Its a game-changer, a paradigm shift. Communication with people you will never meet from time periods you will never experience,

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Usually I like to “just have fun” with the camera.

I usually carry a small point&shoot —I still use a flip phone. Walking along an upper floor of an open parking building it was fun to see myself in the windshield of the car below.

A “thing” is differentiated from other things by identifying its unique set of qualities—different from other things, One “thing” that helped build our vocabulary for many years was that “air” was accepted as“no thing. Air as a no-thing helped to differentiate one thing from another—sky from mountains, dog from ground, can eat from can’t eat— and then Science established that air itself was made up of “things” —78% nitrogen and 21 % oxygen.

But the process of scientific investigation often seems to result in an ever ending finding flow of smaller and smaller particles, aka things.

Stores can be very confusing if you cannot read. and history can be very confusing if you can read. People spend a lot of time consuming things in both personal, businesses and civic life. During that process they read a lot of information and make buying decisions based on that information.

But as important as differentiating one thing from another, its abstract qualities are interesting We can speak the word “couch,” go into a furniture store and see tens of “couches” none of which look the same, but it does not matter, we understand the concept of couch and can apply it in (most) different situations, doesn’t matter how unusual, strange or new the couch looks— the Particular is never the General, except perhaps in popular media.

Actors in popular media are often selected for their visual appearance qualities. Add camera angle, lighting, technical fixes and of course, writing, rehearsing and acting, all things can be used to enhance the “real photographic” impression experienced by mass audiences—a dialectic of The Ideal and The Real. Actors are people, and the video moving image deliver amore comprehensible Ideal -real experience, there is no room to question what see, and it becomes a vicarious experience. But reading a character development in a book your imagination plays a far more important role in the your mental image of the character. because your mind fills in all the missing visual stuff delivered by the video.

Bizen tokkuri on a lacquered tray with pueblo weaving

This “physical idea ” is not just “attractive” people, but whenever a physical appearance (is believed to) matches the visual character of the role, most characters of which, by definition are “common ” to a mass audience, are a stereo-type. We often use stereo-types in our daily lives. And yet a common critique of people in general is that too often we use stereotypes in judging others.

Ki-Seto tokkuri and Kuro-Oribe guinjomi : Kuro-Oribe, and Oribe in general, is is differentiated from other Japanese folk pottery by its long tradition of creative expression. The guinomi appears to over power the tokkuri—“You’re too small to get me drunk!’’

When we see and If there is no “quick fit” of the original visual image to some category in the database of our mind, question develops. Depending on the situation—life threatening or minor intrusion — the outcome may be more or less important. The “concept of a thing” is more important than any “real thing.” which by the way changes, decays, entropies—empirically observable by the presence of conservatives. in socities.

Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha

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Welcome to San Francisco!.

I “immigrated ’cross-country” to the Bay Area late 1979, drove from Boston, blessed to have friends back then and never lived in San Francisco.” I am a visitor with a senior pass for public transportation. First time to be officially welcomed with a beautiful smile.

Reminds me, what matter “Human Nature?” Whatever is “Human Nature” Theoretically it’s a quality of us all—we are all human and if it is “natural” for humans to have this quality, then we all (should) have it, And we cannot avoid or escape having it—we are by definition this quality.

If behaviour is human nature then we all do it, if the feeling is human nature then we all feel it .

What is it that is the “Human Nature? ” Is it the behaviour? Is it the feelings?

People can feel the same feeling and respond differently—some feel a hurt and anger and strike out violently hurting others and/or often hurting themselves, while others find, or develop ways to deal with the negative energy positively, or at least not negatively.

Perhaps its a wonder that in the history of human injustice, and human sadness, most people need so little reward to keep going.

Is there such a thing as “Human Nature?” We use the word regularly, that is just the way people are,

That’s life, What’s Life, a five cent magazine. I don’t have five cents, That’s Life.
A Great Depression (1930s) conversational parley. Life was a popular magazine featurnig phorographs

We would think that if something, such as behavour or feelings, are “Human Nature,” then we all do it or all feel it, to not do so would not to be a human being.

But we see such things as compassion, empathy, and remorse, often said to be “Human Nature.” are distributed along a quantitative continuum—some people have more than others. And then we have the category of “sociopath” which is m by definition, a person who has none of these qualities.

Often some groups of people identify their behavour as “natural” and the different behavour of others as “unnatural.”

Hetro- and homo sexuality for example—some will say that homosexuality is unnatural but if so, then why do people do it? Because they have fallen by the way? succumbed to the Devil? or more contemporary , brainwashed by the wrong political ideaology.

Alameda Creek

That’s the problem with the concept of “Human Nature.” We are both subject and object and cannot separate from ourselves. Why are some behaviours and some feelings natural yet not everyone does them. Are human beings naturally good? Naturally bad? A product of their experiences.?

Who defines “natural?” What is the standard ? If war is part of our nature, then we will always have war.If murdering people is part of our nature then we will always have murder. Society has some different “life openings” –social roles—for individuals , does a society, for its own survival, naturally generate a social structure which fills those roles with specific individuals?

Another way of looking at what is “natural” is to use the points  (a line) of  survival, the things we do are the things that enabled us to survive and are the things we should do now and in the future.—We know that these work because we are here.

These include every thing humans did through history, a cacophony of good and bad things. I wonder if both good and bad behavior are necessary to be present in a society to enable survival, are necessary for survival or just sufficient for survival?

Not the survival of an individual, people are social, live in a group, it is group survival but it is the individual’s behaviour which— the good and bad behavior—which generates the structure of society.

Perhaps for a society to survive there needs to be individuals who behave both good and bad behavior.Still if murdering people is very successful the society will cease to exist. Just enough so the the murderers can serve as an example of what not to do so keep enough people in line to keep the society surviving.

Its human nature to want to see others as bad or good, not just because it makes us feel better or as some people would have us, be afraid,

In order for there to be good people there must bad people. It is the presence of criminals that create law abiding citizens; and vice versa, compassionate people create non compassionate—the job of social outliers is to ensure the survival of the society of “normal” people.” by a social structure which needs living examples of not what to do in life.

Perhaps it is the society seeking its own survival at the expense of the individuals,—or perhaps some of the individuals— which shapes and directs the behaviors of all individuals to create the society, the social structure of human behavior..

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What was interesting is that the vertical line of the mirror cuts through the image of the person ,i.e. the person is reflected in the mirror.

A blue tattoo, blue underwear and a blue mask.

I made this sketch from a series of circles in rows and columns, the beige background is the same color .. Something will come of this later, but its a long term effort and anticipates fun. .

Interesting with the blue background below.

I am across this map of Xinjiang dated 1759—shows the topography, cities, villages and roads with the military posts in the Xinjiang. Also shows the administrative system and local divisions of Xinjiang before the 24th year of Emperor Qianlong (1759).is my understanding that the name Xinjiang was not used until the next century generally the area was known (in China) as the Western Frontier.

This are has long been populated, and it was part of the silk road for many centuries. Uyghurs, longtime residents of the area, were not always muslim. This area was very wealthy, populated with peoples from all over Central Asia. and traders from Eastern China to the Mediterranean. Pre-muslim, the Uyghurs, had warm and cool relationships with Chinese, Dynasties perhaps beginning from the Han dynasty where they served with military leadership off and on through the Tang Dynasty. “Conversion” which was relatively late in their history involved one of the Mongol Khans invading and converting.while many others just left the area.

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寒山;Hanshan (Cold Âountain) is a figure associated with a collection of poems from the Chinese Tang Dynasty in the Taoist and Chan tradition. No one knows who he was, when he lived and died, or whether he actually existed.

If another excels accept him
If he doesn’t excel don’t
If you excel there’s room for others
If you don”t there’s none for you
Loving the adept consoling the inept
a disciple of Goodness finds his place
I urge you to follow Tzu Chang’s motto
and ignore Po Shang’s advice

Han Shan The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain translated from Chinese by Red Pine

Know stop too win

Tao does not belong to knowing or to not-knowing. Knowing  is illusion , no-knowing is blankness. If you really attain to Tao of no-doubt, it is like a great void, so vast and boundless, How then, can there be right and wrong in Tao? 
At these words  Chao-chou was suddenly enlightened.

Weigh two inn lie ten mint

Datuma brought “Dhyana” to China where it met Tao and Kǒng Fūzǐ to become Chan.

Paper flowers by Mieko in a bizen container in the afternoon light,

Fort Hill, Roxbury MA was a kind of retreat for an afternoon, just far enough to be quiet , look over the city to Back Bay and still see the traffic busy moving. Once read, in its great time it was a one-day wagon ride with house hold stuff and family to the summer retreat for the wealthy from Beacon hill . This is or was, a Revolutionary War monument .

Lurking in the shadows a wood sculpture of some guardian protector. Image that the skill your father taught you was how to carve traditional wooden guardians.

Two hundred millions hours everyday is the time spent by women collecting water. (Living in places where there is no residential running water. Ed.)
From a report on DW TV .

Pilot, Boston Harbor 1971, This pier has probably been gentrified by now,

Looking over Cambridge near Porter Square.

Gerry’s Record Shop in Boston

Western MA

Alameda Creek

Waling along Alameda Creek, seeing the same things everyday makes me wonder about other same things I see everyday. in other parts of my life.

Government? What is the purpose of government? Why do we have it ? Where did it come from?

Should we assume as long as there have been human beings there has always been government? Did humans develop government to (attempt) to solve a problem and government evolved from there?

What?, or better When? is a human being?. Everyone knows what it means —that place along the evolutionary scale that a qualitative change in consciousness occurred. Yet there is no scientific interval or ratio level standard to measure this “consciousness.” We are both subject and object , the Universe looking at itself.

Mammals in the human line of evolution developed social living behaviors before they became human, we could say conceptually its in the DNA.

Social interaction, even pre-human, generates it own “field of culture” initially coming from the successful behavior of individuals who live in a group (society), influencing the structure of human behavior.— where on this continuum is the beginning of humans—where ever the behavior started it was behaviors which were successful for living a stable enough life to raise a family which were necessary and sufficient.

“Not that each and every person behaved in accordance, all human survival needs is “enough” individuals in the group survive— just enough to enable families to survive.

In this sense History is story of the “some” of that survival and the kinds of social order created by people.

One quality of human beings is they can communicate with each other.—still, “poor communication” is considered a major problem in society, the part that makes the “poor” part of human communication by percentage of all human communication which is “poor” is very small— we drive cars, and ride in airplanes, make billions of daily purchases, 50,000 people can come together for a sports event and not have a gang war. But that small amount can also be very divisive problematic. . .

And may lead to situations where people, and often innocent people, are killed or severely injured, families are destroyed, war , and the list goes on and on and on.

Enough individuals need to do enough for the group to survive, whether by personal choice actively and directly involved in survival behaviour, or authoritarian structure where some do work under different level sf duress and others benefit enforced by law..

One interesting thing about human beings is that there are many things which may not be necessary for human survival have become essential for survival—our mass consumer economy has created a cacophony of products, businesses and markets creating new behaviors some instead of and others opposed to, existing behaviors

Science & technology qualitatively improve human access to survival necessities increasing survival outcomes,

Past behavior creates a structure of behavior in the society to which people become adjusted, where doing it reinforces the structure and reinforce it but Science and Technology create new things which require changes in the established behavior —notice how behavior at jobs has changed in our own history.

People create new, and often better, ways to meet needs which bring changes to their society, changes which in turn bring new needs, new products and new changes—and new confrontations between the old and new way of doing things.

People developed history which makes us thankful for our personal survival but still its more than sad to also see the injustice, the inhumanity and the suffering of so many innocent people to reach this level . . . still it only encourages the social problems to grow if knowledge of these injustices and inhumanities are censored by political opportunists.

Those “bad” behaviors are embedded in each of us biologically —as are the good behaviors!—as we grow from birth to adult and as adults reinforced by our sense of reality.

Only thank God men have done learned how to forget quick what they ain’t brave enough to cure.

Faulkner The Hamlet

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What do you think an economy should do?—Maybe another time! I have a few of these images, sitting at computer I lean back, look down, and often enjoy the design of line and color.

The camera is a tool that sees but needs the person to tell it what to see.

My mother had a stroke, which impaired her cognitive ability enough to activate my Power of Attorney, she also developed expressive aphasia. When I was with her I was often measuring her sensual abilities needed for everyday situations such as identifying steps.surfaces, distances, letters and words.

Feets don’ fail me now.

Sometimes I would compare categories, see could see a tree, she could reach out and touch it, if she encountered it in the path she would walk around it and she would call it a “keller” or a a “pugne.” After lunch she would look out the window and count the “kellors.”

Interesting New England building

When I took her to a new place such as to a doctor, I would first make the trip by myself, scout it out, measuring the time and identifying any problems such as parking, distances, stairs.

Cambridge, 1970 Music in the park

By the time you get to here you may be wondering what is a photograph supposed to do. Photographs have been around for about two centuries, Art is creating an image to communicate instead of using visual symbols representing spoken language, and Chinese characters are somewhere in between and graphic designers often use design of the type to make a word express a feeling. 5.13 billion people—66.5%— around the world have cell phones and of that three billion are smart phones—

Looks like a bus stop in HIghland Ave in Somerville .

Three billion people are carrying around a high quality camera and can use that camera to instantly send the photograph to someone else.—Billions of photographs are created everyday., I would often see this bus stop in in early 1970s and people would often would often be talking, people might come early to socialize a little before the bus. Now everyone is busy talking or listening to their phones.

Bus stop on HIghland Ave, Somerville MA

Gate, Gate, Paragate, , Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha

Boo, Duh, and Eye

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Cherries & Nishin Soba

Everyday the challenge is to get something to eat.

Painting by Janney

Nishin soba is a traditional Japanese bowl dish made with soba noodles, hot tsuyu broth, herring filets, shiitake mushrooms, sake, sugar, mirin, soy sauce, and dashi. Kyoto is famous for its nishin soba..

Jindai-ji (Jindai temple) in Chofu is famous for soba noodles, you can eat there or purchase a package of dry soba noodles to make at home— this time I did both..

Boo used to be a slang word for marijuana, it was not common among people I knew in the 1960s, I think is was more associated with earlier jazz musicians.

Duh is the old story of the no-longer-a-job milkman —when I grew up instead of buying milk at a store a milkman used to deliver milk in the early morning. using a horse and wagon , and later a milk truck. The milk came in bottles , when the bottle was empty you washed it out and put it on the porch for pickup the next morning . You could leave the milkman a note with your order in the small milk box on the porch.

The small boy asks his mother “Duh, Mother, why do I say Duh all the time?” She replied. ”I don’t know go ask your father.”

The small boy asked his father “Duh, Father ,why do I say Duh all the time?” He replied. ”I don’t know go ask your sister”.

The small boy asked his sister “Duh, Sis, why do I say Duh all the time?” She replied. ”I don’t know”, go ask the milkman.”.

The small boy asked the milkman, “Duh, Mr Milkman , why do I say Duh all the time?” He replied. “Duh, I don’t know.”

And eye is the camera . A photograph shows change not by showing the changing but by showing what did not change.Though we lived in the house it was always “the house” even though it was changing all the time,

A camera is a machine, which extends our eye, and enables us to transcend time as well as space. A camera can make many kinds of images, most of which may not make “sense” to the human eye which sees like the “correctly exposed” image made using a camera.

The “traditional” film image and the “digital ” image on a drive are both yet to be photographs,. the human eye cannot yet experience the image. Maybe there is an application which enables the computer to “see” a directory of jpg files and sort them out by “things” humans can see

Last week I included some images of a building in San Francisco. I forgot about this one and came across it later. The building lends itself to a lot of visual fun

Alameda Creek

Almost everyday walking along Alameda Creek, its another day to be the only planet with “scientifically known intelligent life” in Universe ..

Same tree but color has changed, same ground but texture has changed . . . same sky but blue or gray— it watching the same things change.

Trees ,ground,, sky, what are these things?

One day small, anther day big; one day green, another day brown; , one day blue, another day grey —its still tree, ground, sky .

We see things by comparing things to each other and finding they are not the same. No two things in the universe are the same . Life must differentiate between things which enable survival from those that do not —I can eat this thing, I cannot eat that thing.

Other things we can only measure ordinally—put them into an order without knowing the difference between them. This one is big,. that one is heavy, that one is faraway, that person is intelligent. But ordinal measurements always require a comparison, another standard. In a group of apples some will be heavier than others but you only know that after you experience them or the person making the statement brings previous experience —the fruit produce person says “This is a big apple.” because they have seen so many apples in their life.

Everyday people throughout history were comparing , differentiating, and defining,—“This is good,” “That is bad., “Can eat this” or “Can’t eat that.”

Some things we can measure with .interval level accuracy—I need 36 inches of that cloth; Two cups of water and one-third cup of flour; a 9″ x 12″ rug . . .

Other things are not so definitive. The problem is not so much measuring something as comparing one thing to another which requires tools based on common measurable qualities, such as inches, kilograms or degrees .Most of our decisions are based on choosing something over other things and we need some standard y to measure them.

Before language, early people did not have words, they had to experience and from experience developed and evolved words and language most of which is about differentiating things and measuring and comparing them to make choices.. What is a“same thing,” what is a “different thing”

And daily people are measuring themselves,,perhaps even causing anxiety and fear. while manly who don o measurement of themselves are busy being arrogant ,and usually bullying others

After the big rain storm last Sunday the creek was flush with water . . .

On earth there are different languages . If there are “Real Things ” then translation would be just a matter of matching the right sound to the thing.

. . . it rose a few feet drowning many small animals such as ground squirrels, and mice and all week long its been an open buffett for the local turkey vultures

But as translators have often discussed, its not so simple, even within a society there are differences between written and spoken words, and in different languages .many nuances among words representing the same thing. make it difficult translate. the differences..When there is only one language on Earth ir will be easier to for people to communicate, but there will be a lot less to communicate.
Or maybe not, when yo consider that congress passes laws written by lawyers which seem very clear only to find when they are enforce ,usually to wealthy people, that the words have little or no meaning.

Photographs for me may not be about the moment in front of the lens but about the relationship between of lines, the shapes, colors, gestures , i.e. the visual artistic variables.

Friends on a visit. The snow geese stopped by for a few days last year or maybe last spring, The local geese are holding their heads up straight and looking so proud as if they are showing off their guests to the less fortunate.

Different languages have more agreement with words which represent things for which we have tools designed by humans which use common mathematical intervals to measure a thing, such as meters or kilograms and less for things which use ordinal or nominal level “tools” to measure such as bigger or smaller,, more or less, You can compare a house to a rock measuring inches but it has very little practical use and you can compare a parent”s love for their child, but its either really obvious when parent does not lover their child or you find that people have many qualitatively different ways of expressing their love. which cannot be measured or compared quantitively.

The eye is busy visually experiencing while the brain is busy defining things . It could be the eye sees things and the brain learns this is a thing as well as the eye sees and the brain defines what was seen as a “thing.” Humans created and evolved language based on very different life experiences than we have now, and learning language both enables communication while giving us word meanings which may be more applicable to the past and may influence how we behave int he present and, of course, the future.

Feet and green-gun-shaped discarded-deteriorated-packaging material along the Alameda Creek Trail. Its another day to be on the only planet in the Universe with “scientifically known intelligent life”— and here we are busy killing each other.while trying to find a balance between compassion for others and pragmatic for ourselves.

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Causes and effects—There are special effects, collateral effects, body effects, Its Human Nature to do things, and when its things we do not want to do, maybe do not have the skill to do them, we might pay others to do them for us because its a good investment,

I like to get my shadow to do things for me, its not too expensive, and when it makes a mistake it cannot run and hide.

Sometimes I think to have my own back and feel like I am going sideways , barely treading water.

Or then its not exactly what I want. but when I look find it.

What kind of society do we have when we seek full employment to provide maximum jobs by growing an economy which produce an unending supply of new and different products base1d on constantly changing popular whims and superficial feelings at the expense of basic survival for many and the loss of meaningful personal achievement for most.

Marshall Minnesota, 1970

;Selection from Heart Sutra brushed by Janney

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I like the stories

I never had  questions that would lead me to wonder about God—actually its not that I never had those questions, when I thought or felt about it there seemed no reason to pursue it. I was interested in Philosophy and religion is often considered in the same category so I have been exposed to it intellectually.

Buddhism is classified as a religion but there is no God—not some, or one. The faith is to awaken the Buddha inside of you. Is this the same Buddha for everyone or does each of us have our own personal unique Buddha different from everyone else.

I never understood why we should have to “awaken the Buddha inside,” why is My Buddha sleeping in the first place? (I am sure there is an answer in the old books somewhere). At least in Christianity the separation from the perfect life is clearly explained— Eve using her women’s ways influenced Adam to break God’s order for which they and all of us to follow were condemned to a life and then a death, I guess we only get one. I enjoy the stories in Zen much more .

So in Buddhism the purpose of awakening the Buddha inside of you is to end the process of “alienation by reincarnation,” compared to Christians who seek to end the process of one life-one death by being allowed into Heaven.

A gift from a friend, a hand carved Buddha from a vendor located at the Mahabodhi Temple, site of the Bodhi tree— where Shakamuni mediated and rediscovered enlightenment.

When I was 12 years old my father returned from a San Francisco business trip with a little book of Zen sayings and little by little my interest has grown. I think Zen has the best stories, not just in the category of religion, but in the category of stories. One of my favorite is the Sixth Patriarch of Chan.

A molded or shaped piece of soft metal attached to a piece of wood, bought at the Berkeley Flea Market early 1990s from a Korean vendor.

Shaka Buddha born and raised in India, established Buddhism in the 6th Century BCE.. It was popular for awhile and for centuries it spread from Greece to China all along the Silk Road. Bodhidharma (aka Daruma) brought Dhyana to China around the end of the Sixth Century where it grew for a few centuries, and later, about 1200 CE, it came to Japan as Soto and Rinzai Zen.

The Fifth Patriarch, being old, was seeking someone to pass on Daruma’s robe and bowl as the next patriarch. At the temple Shen-hsiu was considered to be outstanding in his qualifications; Shen-hsui, still uncertain of himself, snuck out in the night and wrote this on the wall:

translation by D.T.Suzuki, Essays in Zen Buddhism

The Fifth Patriarch was not moved by Shen-hsiu’s poem.. Hui-neng , an illiterate country boy who worked at an entry level job in the kitchen preparing rice. saw the writing on the wall, asked his friend to read it and then asked him to write his response, on the wall :

translation by D.T.Suzuki, Essays in Zen Buddhism –

Upon reading this the Fifth Patriarch immediately recognized Hui-neng as his successor, transmitted the Dharma, gave him the bowl and the robe and sent him on his way —with a warning that the other monks might be angry at this succession and seek to do him harm, and that is another story.

In the west the common media sense of “Zen” is that it refers to “getting down to the basics” of something— Many books have titles such as The Zen of This or The Zen ot That implying the reader will learn some basic elemental secret to the subject separated from the BS to become more focused on only the essentials.

To others is something more simple

Alameda Creek

In a sense reincarnation is materially possible,

Each of us is a specific set of particles, the Universe is six billion years old, and it made1of a bunch of particles which spend their time making thing s by constantly joining and separating with each other.

One could figure out how many particles are in the universe . . .

track their movements and calculate the odds of a set of specific particles once again coming together?

Still, the particles that makeup a person are not static, throughout our lives they are continually changing, a person is not one set of small particles but a set of constantly changing particles.

and the only chance for a person to be (materially) reincarnated is for every particle to be exactly the same and be in the exact same place again, which might require every particle in the universe to be exactly the same exact place again.—Is that in contraction or expansion mode?

At this time we cannot know where a particle is and what is it’s the velocity at same time , at any specific moment we only can know one. of these.

Can you remember before you were born.? Matter is conserved and energy is neither created nor destroyed . . .

kPerhaps you could say the energy is there but the matter is knot or the matter is there but the energy is not.

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Where do you start? What is beginning of this road?

One could stand around looking good, hoping it comes by . . .

Brush drawing by Janney

or seek a window of opportunity . .

But you knead to be prepared . . .

One person’s opportunity is another’s prison

tBut one day you wake up in the morning and its clear as can be . . .

ready to be found . ..

Two Brush drawings by Janney

and sometime I may need a little push .

Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha