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  • Kafka and the Little Girl

    Here is one of my favorite short stories that I’ve ever come across. It’s from a novel by Paul Auster entitled: The Brooklyn Follies.  In the book, Auster recounts a touching story…

  • Agnes Martin

    A Wordless Shock

    Author and painter, Agnes Martin wrote “When I think of art, I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye, it is in the mind.”…

  • Hans Kaden, "Path of Light," 1943.

    Longing For the Stars

    James Hollis, writer and Jungian analyst writes: “…the etymology of the word “desire” derives from the Latin desiderare,” “to long for,” derived from de sidere, “of the stars.” Is this the true…

  • Rhys Logan, "Starry Sky, Washington" September 18, 2010 courtesy of National Geographic.

    Currents

    Walking down Cecil Street on my way to work this morning, my mind is scattered like old newspapers in the September wind. Still asleep, I spill out over the familiar neighborhood, forgetting…

  • Painting by William Segal, "Self Portrait in a Yellow Hat"

    A Double Life

    I will be spending this Saturday in a workshop at a local Zendo, so it seems appropriate to blog something else about William Segal, a student of Gurdjieff, and later D.T. Suzuki. …

  • Nara Toshodaiji, Priest Ganjin, Hollow dry-lacquer, Nara period, 8th century

    Desire As Action

    In the autumn of 742, an emissary invited Jianzhen to travel to Japan to give lectures on Buddhism. Despite protests from his disciples, Jianzhen made preparations for his first voyage. The crossing…

  • Erwin Blumfield: "Line on face," 1947-1949

    In the Marketplace

    In Peter Brook’s epic adaptation of Gurdjieff’s autobiography, Meetings with Remarkable Men, Father Giovanni advises the young Gurdjieff: “Listen, you have now found the conditions in which the desire of your heart…

  • Rex Dupain, "Big Breaker," 1954

    Newfoundland Meditation

    It is a soft and grey Sunday afternoon. The cars creep slowly over the bridge in Biscay Bay, Newfoundland. A sea concerto rumbles and rolls into itself as the white ramshackle houses…

  • E. O. Hoppe, "Close-up of woman's graceful hands" 1925 from The Life Photo Archive)

    Relaxation

    “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”— Rumi I have been intrigued by the…

  • Edward Steichen, "Eva,"

    Below the Surface

    There are moments where I don’t know what to do with myself. I feel like a complete stranger. All the things I normally feel compelled to do: check my emails, surf the…