Meditation #23

February 28, 2010

“No artist is able to overcome, through his own individual resources, the contradiction of enchained art within an enchained society”—Theodoro Adorno, Philosophy of Modern Music.
A shakuhachi improvisation.  Meditation #23
Bell recorded at Enryakuji Temple, Mt. Hiei, Kyoto.

“Horai”

February 21, 2010

“We see him [Arthur Rimbaud] victimized by the illusion that freedom can be obtained by external means”—Henry Miller, The Time of the Assassins.

Horai

Horai is a sacred mountain in Chinese and Japanese lore.  Traditionally, the region represents a timeless heaven on earth, as well as a kind of fountain of youth, a place where no one grows old, where all diseases are cured, and the rice bowl is always full—in contrast to Prince Siddhartha’s initial discoveries after venturing outside the palace walls.  The music is a standard piece in the komuso repertoire.

Meditation #22

February 14, 2010

“Leaves fall and return to the roots.  When they appear again, they are silent”—Hui-Neng, the sixth Zen partiarch after Bodhidharma, qtd. in The Essential Teachings fo Zen Master Hakuin, trans. Norman Waddell.
A shakuhachi improvisation.  Meditation #22

Meditation #21

February 7, 2010

“…What I came to say was,
teach the children about the cycles.
The life cycles.  All the other cycles.
That’s what it’s all about, and it’s all forgot.”
—Gary Snyder, “For/From Lew.”

Meditation #21