Sunday, July 30, 2006

Everything Happens for NO Reason . . .


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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Just Say NOthing ! ! !



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Monday, July 24, 2006

On Art and Illusion (again) . . .

“For the artist, too, cannot transcribe what he sees; he can only translate it into the terms of his medium.”

“Indeed, the true miracle of the language of art is not that it enables the artist to create the illusion of reality. It is that under the hands of a great master the image becomes translucent. In teaching us to see the visible world afresh, he gives us the illusion of looking into the invisible realms of the mind – if only we know . . . how to use our eyes.”

(E. H. Gombrich, Art and Illusion)

Saturday, July 22, 2006

infinitude . . .




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Sunday, July 16, 2006

where you are is where you are not ? ! ?

“You say I am repeating
Something I have said before. I shall say it again.
Shall I say it again? In order to arrive there,
To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not,
You must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy.
In order to arrive at what you do not know
You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.
In order to possess what you do not possess
You must go by the way of dispossession.
In order to arrive at what you are not
You must go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know
And what you own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not.”

(T.S. Eliot, “East Coker”)

Saturday, July 15, 2006

illusiVisions



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illusiVision . . .




illusiVisions






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On Art and Illusion . . .

“Should we not say that we make a house by the art of building, and by the art of painting we make another house, a sort of man-made dream produced for those who are awake?”

(Plato, Sophist, quoted in E. H. Gombrich, Art and Illusion)


“Illusion . . . is hard to describe or analyze, for though we may be intellectually aware of the fact that any given experience must be an illusion, we cannot, strictly speaking, watch ourselves having an illusion.”

(E. H. Gombrich, Art and Illusion)



Friday, July 07, 2006

art . . .



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The Nature of Art ? ! ?

“In order to discover the nature of the art that really prevails in the work, let us go to the actual work and ask the work what and how it is.”

(Martin Heidegger,
Poetry, Language, Thought)

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

sWORDS for MANjushri



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from the Heart Sutra . . .

"Form is emptiness; emptiness also is form. Emptiness is no other than form; form is no other than emptiness. In the same way, feeling, perception, formation and consciousness are emptiness . . . There are no characteristics. There is no birth and no cessation. There is no impurity and no purity. There is no decrease and no increase. Therefore . . . in emptiness there is no form, no feeling, no perception, no formation, no consciousness; no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind; no appearance, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch . . . no ignorance, no end of ignorance . . . no old age and death, no end of old age and death; no suffering, no origin of suffering, no cessation of suffering, no path, no wisdom, no attainment, and no non-attainment."

(Trans. Nalanda Translation Committee)