April 4, 2010
“You don’t have to live in a cave or sit by a precipice to treat wealth and power like passing clouds. You can sip wine and hum poetry without being addicted to streams and mountains”—Hong Zicheng, Vegetable Roots Discourse (Caigentan), trans Robert Aitken.
A shakuhachi improvisation. Meditation #25
*A note on the photographs: With two exceptions, all podcast photographs thus far were by Paul Scrivener of Vancouver, Canada. (The photograph for “Light from the Shadows” is an archival photograph which was featured in the film by Robert Kowalcyzk. The photograph for “Murasaki Reiho” was by a former student of mine, David Gardiner Garcia.) Paul Scrivener’s photographs of Kyoto are available on the CD-ROM Kyoto Gardens, a project which we worked on together in the mid-90s and of which I retain fond memories. From this podcast, “Meditation #25,” accompanying photographs are by Stewart Wachs, a long-time friend and colleague here in Japan. Please refer to the links below for further information on Light from the Shadows, Kyoto Gardens, and Stewart Wachs: Photography.