More St Petersburg murals:
Yesterday I had a conversation which reminded me of a project I have been meaning to do. So today, I started it: Murals of St Petersburg. Preliminary results below:
Variations on a theme: Tampa Bay
And two favorite quotes, perhaps not unrelated to each other:
He who knows, does not say; he who says, does not know. Lao Tzu
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent. Wittgenstein
(Or,a la, the Buddha, simply hold up a single flower--or show a photo?)
Images from where I live
Selby Gardens in Sarasota are having an exhibit and sale of Costa Rican masks. These masks come from an ancient tradition of the Borucan Indians. They were originally made to ward off Spanish conquistadors. Since the (nearly lost) tradition of making these has been revived, there are several sorts of masks. This one is a Diablito (devil) mask, and comes from the festival, El Juego de los Diablitos (this information comes from the exhibit at the Gardens).
"Many of the spiritual traditions . . . perceive the American landscape, both in its rural and its urban forms, as a kind of mask of the holy. They understand it simultaneously to hide and reveal certain aspects of the splendor, grace or terror of the divine . . . (They share) a conviction that the world, in the eyes of imagination and faith, functions as icon. (The environment) mythically incorporates in its evocative power the utterly transcendent reality to which it dimly points." Belden Lane
I haven't posted lately because I was working on a project. The photos were part of that project.
I read somewhere that when Shunryu Suzuki was asked to summarize Zen in three words, he responded: attention, attention, attention. And Thomas Merton wrote: "It was Buddha's aim not to give a 'final' speculative answer but to be free from all theories and to know by experience . . ."
Both of these statements are significant in that they tell us to get beyond language and presuppositions and to see into the heart of things. I think photography can help us to move in this direction.
How appropriate this day to be reading about Thomas Merton who Belden Lane calls a "holy fool." Here's a quote from Merton: "What I wear is pants. What I do is live. How I pray is breathe."