Meditation #6

August 30, 2009

“[Friedrich] Engels expressed a marvelous idea: the level of a work of art is as high as the idea it expresses is deeply buried”—Andrei Tarkovsky, Interviews.

A shakuhachi improvisation. Meditation #6

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Meditations #4 and #5

August 23, 2009

”I cannot say what cannot be said but sounds can make us listen to the silence”—R. D. Laing, The Politics of Experience.

Shakuhachi improvisations.  Meditations #4 and #5

“Darani”

August 16, 2009

An invocation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara or Kannon (Chinese Guan Yin): the “one who observes the sound.”

\”Darani\”

Visualizing sound as a means to enlightenment.  Taigen Dan Leighton puts it this way: “Dharani, sometimes translated as ‘incantations,’ are traditional Buddhist combinations of sounds developed by ancient yogis, which are said to have specific positive spiritual effects.  They usually have no cognitive meaning as words.  In the bodhisattva lore these dharanis are memorized and recited as an aid to memory and other mental capacities”—Songs of the True Dharma Eye: Verse Comments on Dogen’s Shobogenzo.

Meditation #3

August 9, 2009

“The silence in your hearing is the same as the sky”—Jack Kerouac, Some of the Dharma.

A shakuhachi improvisation.  Meditation #3

Meditation #2

August 2, 2009

“O draw me out of an easy skill into the art of the holy”—Leonard Cohen, Book of Mercy.

A shakuhachi improvisation. Meditation #2