Archive for the ‘Zen’ Tag

Japanese Garden   1 comment

Japanise Garden-Edit-1-art-blogJapanese Garden — Photo-Artistry by kenne

A bridge over the pond
Shadows on the water
Hanging branches 
A place in the shade
To think.

An attentive mind
Seeking meaning
As words draft away
In a light breeze
Gone in the dry air.

Goldfish swim
Near the surface
Passing under
The bridge shadow
I watch pass and go.

A vision through the lens 
Sees what is truly seen
But has no meaning
Until poems are written
On the tree of life.

— kenne

Mt. Lemmon Trail   1 comment

Lemmon Rock Lookout Tower-3183 blogMt. Lemmon Trail — Image by kenne

Each day I try to develop myself beyond the conventional level of existence. I transcend the light of being through threads of space and time allowing me to see truth in different reflections. Most people adopt on view for the sake of security. I prefer to use all views than to maintain artificial boundaries to have one view. By utilizing all views, I can know the truth in much the same way I come to know a butterfly, a wildflower. To do otherwise is to limit oneself to what is always true.

As I shift a point of view, I have the freedom to transcend any actuality which I may encounter. By doing so, I’m able to accept the freedom and responsibility of being human and become more authentic in my expression, therefore better able to actualize my existence. By being flexible in my point of view, I’m better able to include as much of reality as possible. 

— kenne

Arizona Wildflower Painting   Leave a comment

Arizona Fleabane-3172_edit art blogArizona Wildflower Painting by kenne

Things are as they are
There is no past or future
Only the present.

— kenne

Sneezeweed & Ferns On Mt. Lemmon   1 comment

Meadow Triail Hike 07-23-12Sneezeweed & Ferns On Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions,
that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.

— Alan Watts

Ragleaf Bahia Wildflower and Honey Bee   Leave a comment

Ragleaf bahia & Bee blogRagleaf Bahia Wildflower and Honey Bee — Image by kenne

“When an ordinary man attains knowledge, he is a sage;

when a sage attains understanding, he is an ordinary man.”

— Anonymous

Mexican Fritillary Butterfly   4 comments

Box Springs TrailMexican Fritillary Butterfly on Mahogany Milkweed — Image by kenne

The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.

— Robert M. Pirsig

Our Zen Fountain — July 11, 2008   5 comments

(First Posted July 11, 2008)Zen Fountain

 

The Water Flows

It’s hard for me to believe that it was six weeks ago
when I ordered the materials and began the preliminary
preparation for a fountain in our backyard.
There are many reasons why so long,
not the least of which was the delayed delivery of
the fountain pedestal, which finally can in yesterday.  

By working with nature, you can look into your own nature.

“The secret of life is enjoying
the passage of time
Any fool can do it”

kenne

(Project Photos)

Images by kenne


“Everybody is ‘you’. Everybody is ‘I’. That’s our name. We all share that.”

— Alan Watts

Bee On Desert Chicory Wildflower — Computer Art   Leave a comment

Desert Chicory-6391 art blogBee On Desert Chicory Wildflower — Computer Art by kenne

“If public lands come under greater pressure to be opened for exploitation and use in the twenty-first century, it will be the local people, the watershed people, who will prove to be the last and possibly most effective line of defense.”  — Gary Snyder

 

Yellow Columbine — I Bow My Head   Leave a comment

Columbine-1943-2. art Enso blogEnso by kenne

The Universe lingers;
I bow my head. 

— Ranzan

In The Moment   Leave a comment

Columbine-1941 Art blogYellow Columbine — Grunge Art by kenne

“The only way we can be free in each moment
is to become what each moment is.”

— Steve Hagen

 

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?

kenne

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

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