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This World Exceeds Stillness   Leave a comment

Friday with Friends & Molino Basin to Prison CampBug Springs Trail Landscape — Black & White Image by kenne

Silent knowledge —

the spirit is enlightened of itself.

Contemplate the void:

this world exceeds stillness.

— from Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems, by Gary Snyder

Knowing and Not-Knowing   Leave a comment

Maiden Pools HikeSomewhere in the Santa Catalina Mountains Continuing the Process of Becoming

I may not know where the trail leads,
which is what inspires me to take it.

Knowing and Not-Knowing

We are all concerned with our competence and the competence of others. Most people are interested in being more competent and surrounding themselves with competent people. The key to our level of competence is our level of knowledge.

In Zen practice, knowledge involves the interplay between knowing and not-knowing. It is important, however, not to conclude that not-knowing means you don’t know. Not-knowing means not being limited to what you know.

Maybe things are this way, but maybe they are not. (Philosophically, it can be important to help people realize what they do not know, is a necessary part of knowledge. But such a paradoxical thought, from a learning and teaching point of view, is confronted with the inarticulate expertise of not knowing that you know is a dead end. Thus, we are left with the only position for developing competence being that of knowing what you know.)

Accessing information can help us in cultivating our interplay between knowing and not-knowing. As an information seeker and frequent Internet search person, I know we can find information on all things thinkable. Today we have access to more information than ever before, but not all information is reliable.

In an earlier blog entry, I shared some thoughts on “Teaching in the Age of Google.” If you have a question; want to know how to do something; want to learn how something works; research a topic, well, just “Google It!” But, how do we determine who are the reliable authorities?

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The Sonoran Whisperer   2 comments

Phil Singing to Nature-8562 blogNaturalist, Phil Bentley, “The Sonoran Whisperer” — Image by kenne

The Sonoran Whisperer

Follow the whisperer
you will never again
look at the desert
in the same way.

As the desert is
so too is the whisperer —
listening,
meditating,
singing,
playing the harp;

peaceful moments
where the gods become
the Lord Almighty.

— kenne

 

We Look For Answers   Leave a comment

Romero PoolsImage by kenne

I stare at shadows,

looking for answers

in deep caverns

of my soul,

only to see them

blurred by others

as water 

in the stream

of life

rushes by.

— kenne

The Picture   Leave a comment

girl-eating-b-w-blog“The Picture” (December 10, 2016) — Image by kenne

The picture was there in my mind,
it always had been.
To capture it I must first find it —
suddenly, the scene was set
repeating what was now scripted.

— kenne

Stimulation   Leave a comment

bar-top-still-life-art-stimulationComputer Art by kenne

The great thing in this world
is not so much where we are,
but in what direction we are moving.

— Oliver Wendall Holmes

 

What’s The Good Of It?   Leave a comment

worker-0121-blogImage by kenne

WHAT’S THE GOOD OF IT

He had short patience for scientific study:
All they want to know is why frogs croak.
It’s a philosophical opposition,
his believing in things as only themselves
and the intrusiveness of explanations.
I can’t begin to tell you how much he hated ballet.
What’s the good of it?
He liked The Flintstones and wrestling.
Frogs croak.
Otherwise he liked things that could be
lifted and stacked and put into place.
He thought best with his hands.
He built clocks, cradles, worked a lathe.
He took the world’s measure.
He was good and he was of it.

— Lee Upton

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