Loori told many stories about Zen teachers, two of which say much the same thing: the Flower Garden Sutra "says that lands teach, beings teach, all things and all times teach." And the Amitabha Sutra says: "rivers, birds, trees and groves all invoke the Buddha and the teachings." Loori took these teachings to mean that to see, really see involves what he called "intimacy," which is 'seeing form with the whole body and mind, hearing sound with whole body and mind'." Which means being fully present, here and now. Loori was a photographer, and he taught that photography involves precisely this sort of intimacy, especially being fully present. As he also wrote,"The whole thing happens right here, in this very moment." So the image yesterday came from a moment on a beach; this morning's came when I was waiting for a bus downtown. Everything is a teacher; everything can awaken us to reality ("enlighten" us).
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