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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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Caliche Globemallow   Leave a comment

Caliche globemallow-6405 art blogCaliche Globemallow — Image by kenne

   My legacy –
         What will it be?
Flowers in spring,
The cuckoo in summer,
And the crimson maples

     Of autumn …

— Ryokan  

Painted Lady — Zen Art   Leave a comment

NogalesPainted Lady — Zen Art by kenne

“Once upon a time, I dreamt I was a butterfly,
fluttering hither and thither,
to all intents and purposes a butterfly.
I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly,
unaware that I was myself. Soon I awaked,
and there I was, veritably myself again.
Now I do not know whether I was then
a man dreaming I was a butterfly,
or whether I am now a butterfly,
dreaming I am a man.”

— Zhuangzi

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

 

Katelyn’s Zen Moment   4 comments

Janie & David VisitGranddaughter Katelyn’s Zen Moment (March 15, 2011) — Image by kenne

Four stones forming one
Sculptured in perfect balance
And  presence of mind.

— kenne

Skipper Butterfly — Grunge Art   Leave a comment

Skipper Butterfly (1 of 1)-2 grunge art blog

Skipper Butterfly — Grunge Art by kenne

“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.”

― Alan W. Watts

 

 

Japanese Garden Pagoda   2 comments

Japanese Garden (1 of 1)-3_B&W Art blogJapanese Garden Pagoda — Image by  kenne

“What we see as death, empty space,
or nothingness is only the trough between the crests
of this endlessly waving ocean. It is all part of the illusion
that there should seem to be something to be gained in the future,
and that there is an urgent necessity to go on and on until we get it.
Yet just as there is no time but the present,
and no one except the all-and-everything,
there is never anything to be gained—
though the zest of the game is to pretend that there is.”

— Alan Watts

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