Keeping Still Overcomes Heat
The highest perfection is like imperfection,
And its use is never impaired.
The greatest abundance seems meager,
And its use will never fail.
What is most straight appears devious,
The greatest skill appears as clumsiness;
The greatest eloquence seems like stuttering.
Movement overcomes cold,
(But) keeping still overcomes heat.
Who is calm and quiet becomes the guide for the universe.
Have a lovely Summer
Adopt Your Own Wintertude
Now that the joyous events of December have passed, along with all the partying, feasting, the hassle, the bustle that kept adrenaline high, now comes January, with its long, dreary, cold winter days that imprisons many indoors. Local and world Politics, dismal health, disaster and precarious economic forecasts ringing in the airways only add to the doom and gloom scenario that is January. Is it any wonder a fortunate crew cast aside winter’s cloak and, fashioning themselves after the migrating birds, flock to hot and sunny destinations in droves to escape and regenerate?
Or we can practice meditation and Zen…. That too is liberating.
Without going out of my door
I can know all things on earth.
Without looking out of my window
I can know the ways of heaven.
For the farther one travels,
The less one knows.
The sage therefore
Arrives without travelling,
Sees all without looking,
Does all without doing.
-Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching
Best of luck to you all.
Colors of a Tourist Town
“In the cultivation of the mind, our emphasis should not be on concentration, but on attention. Concentration is a process of forcing the mind to narrow down to a point, whereas attention is without frontiers.” J. KRISHNAMURTI
Colors are not specific to metropolis; towns have also their particular charm.
Below BoSt galleries has provided a collection of Modern art:
BoSt Galleries- Pathways
There was once an ancient Chinese Zen master who never gave teisho, or dharma talks. The monks, however, pleaded with him to give teisho, and one day, finally, he agreed. When it was time, he walked into the dharma hall, offered incense and prostrations in front of the altar, and then took his seat. After a few minutes he slowly got up, bowed, and left the dharma hall. The poor monks were all puzzled, and next time they saw him asked: “Why didn’t you say anything?”
“I’m not a dharma teacher,” he responded. “I am a Zen master.”
A monk once drew four lines in front of Ma-tsu. The top line was long and the remaining three were short. He then demanded of the Master, “Besides saying that one line is long and the other three are short, what else could you say?”
Ma-tsu drew one line on the ground and said: “This could be called either long or short. That is my answer.”
Posted in BoSt Art Galleries, Tao Te Ching, Zen, I Ching
Tagged Abstract art, colors, decor, Original Art, Zen, zen master, Zen mondo, Zen Stories
The Art of Dance
When we think of Dance we think of body movement accompanied by rhythm and music. This form of expression whether spiritual in nature, done in social settings, performances in theaters or more recently, in many gyms to enhance exercise, is shared by all cultures. One may even argue that it is inherent in the human genetic code as far back as a prehistoric mating display.
Styles of dancing vary, often by geographic region and individual culture. African dance, for example, can be interpretative or shamanic. Many contemporary dance forms can be traced back to historical templates: traditional, ceremonial, competitive or ethnic in origin. The movements may vary. They may be abstract and interpretive or have a gestural vocabulary or symbolic meaning as in some Asian dances. Ballroom, ballet, tango and classical dance have usually been the choice of industrial societies. Traditional Folk, tap dance or Square dances are the favorites of country dwellers, while the electric slide, step and break dance have usually been found on metropolitan streets.
Fun at the Park
Outdoor activities are an integral part of every metropolitan life. They offer a periodic reprieve from a regimented existence. They are a necessary ingredient in the maintenance of good health for men, women and their pets. Nothing surpasses a leisurely stroll down tree lined winding paths under a blossom laden canopy. Now and then you lend a casual ear and eye to the abundant life surrounding you: water fowl splashing in water, countless birds chirping their unique songs, studious tree dwellers with mouths overflowing with nuts and the occasional insects that come forth to check you out. All this offers a vital regeneration for the soul.
This “Fun at the Park” series is made up of impressionist paintings that illustrate this feeling.
Have a lovely Day.
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Tagged birds, colours, ducks, flowers, fun stuff, High Park, Impressionist Paintings, Original Art, park, trees, water fowl