jeudi 23 février 2017

The Pledge of Kwan Yin: Never will I seek nor receive private, individual salvation, never will I enter into final peace alone, but forever and everywhere will I live and strive for the redemption of every creature throughout the world from the bonds of conditioned existence.

Saving all beings’ is not something that you do. Saving all beings is a verb that you become. You become the saving of all beings. That is what you are. In that there is, quite naturally, the very spontaneous and effortless manifestation of love, compassion, wisdom, and a dedication to the Truth above all else. Saving all beings is not what you do; it is the definition of what you are.

Cuddling Jizo statues at Ohara Sanzen-in temple, Kyoto, Japan  

Samsara - our conditioned existence in the perpetual cycle of habitual tendencies — 
and nirvana, genuine freedom from such an existence, 
are nothing but different manifestations of a basic continuum. 
So this continuity of consciousness is always present. 
This is the meaning of tantra. According to Buddhist practice, there are three stages or steps. 
The initial stage is to reduce attachment towards life. 
The second stage is the elimination of desire and attachment to this samsara. 
Then in the third stage, self-cherishing is eliminated.

The 14th Dalai Lama

mercredi 22 février 2017

James Karales,
Lower East Side, New York, 1969.

mardi 21 février 2017

David Lynch on set during the filming of Eraserhead (1977).

Yoko and John by Jonas Mekas

lundi 20 février 2017

There’s only one thing that’s better than getting what you want: it’s to know that you can be happy whether you get it or not.


dimanche 19 février 2017


Every man should pull a boat over a mountain once in his life.

Werner Herzog

Le temps presse : Une contre-histoire environnementale du Canada moderne, 
avec une sélection des slogans créés par Douglas Coupland pour l’exposition, qui viennent prolonger sa série « Slogans (...)

One day it was suddenly revealed to me that everything is Pure Spirit. The utensils of worship, the altar, the door frame—all Pure Spirit. Men, animals, and other living beings—all Pure Spirit. Then like a madman I began to shower flowers in all directions. Whatever I saw I worshiped.

A sniper keeps an eye on Algie, the inflatable pig from the album cover of “Animals”, in case it gets carried away by the wind.

samedi 18 février 2017

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.

Swami Vivekananda
Peter Keetman (1916 - 2005)
Duisburg, um 1937

So it comes to pass that most people don’t know at all how beautiful the world is and how much splendor is revealed in the smallest things, in some flower, a stone, the bark of a tree, or a birch leaf. Grown-up people, who have business and cares and worry about a lot of trifles, gradually lose their eye entirely for these riches which children, when they are alert and good children, soon notice with all their hearts. And yet the finest thing would be if all people would always stay in this relationship like alert and good children, with simple and reverent feelings, […] There is a great and eternal beauty throughout the world, and it is scattered justly over the small things and the big; for in the important and essential there is no injustice on the whole earth.

Rainer Maria Rilke in a letter to Helmuth Westhoff
Karola Pęcherskiego -  Warszawa,1948

I’ve launched my boat in the waves. 
Come what may.


vendredi 17 février 2017

To let go means to give up coercing, resisting, or struggling, in exchange for something more powerful and wholesome which comes out of allowing things to be as they are without getting caught up in your attraction to or rejection of them, in the intrinsic stickiness of wanting, of liking and disliking.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Ego is the movement of the mind toward objects of perception in the form of grasping, and away from objects in the form of aversion. This fundamentally is all the ego is. This movement of grasping and aversion gives rise to a sense of a separate “me,” and in turn the sense of “me” strengthens itself this way. It is this continuous loop of causation that tricks consciousness into a trance of identification. Identification with what? Identification with the continuous loop of suffering. After all, who is suffering? The “me” is suffering. And who is this me? It is nothing more than a sense of self caused by identification with grasping and aversion. You see, it’s all a creation of the mind, an endless movie, a terrible dream. Don’t try to change the dream, because trying to change it is just another movement in the dream. Look at the dream. Be aware of the dream. That awareness is It. Become more interested in the awareness of the dream than in the dream itself. What is that awareness? Who is that awareness? Don’t go spouting out an answer, just be the answer. Be It.