Tag Archives: Zen

Scenes from Winter – A Gallery of Photos

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“Let us love winter

for it is the

Spring of genius”

Pietro Aretino


“Snow was falling,
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
than prettiness.”
-Mary Oliver

“No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place”

-Zen Koan

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On Being Enlightened

Searching, absorbing teachings, reading the masters, sitting in meditation, being with nature… all in the quest for “enlightenment”.

The seeking for the deepest truths is a lifelong quest, but the journey to enlightenment finds us right where we started… in this very moment, being truly and uniquely who we are.  Knowing the creative potential in the moment, with focused, savoring, attention on the be-ing-ness of living, takes me as close as I think I’m going to get to enlightenment – and it is enough.


As the quote goes:

New Mexico, Taos Square & Clouds“Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.  After enlightenment;  chop wood, carry water.”

-Zen Proverb



Seeing the Spring Come In

“One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the Spring come in.”

-Henry David Thoreau

Sidewalk Patterns

“Sit quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.”

-Zen Saying


“The force of Spring – mysterious, fecund, powerful beyond measure.”

-Michael Garofalo


Winter Zen

“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear”

Bare Treesfor Project

“No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place”

These are Zen proverbs that  I could endlessly revisit,  falling ever deeper into meaning.Leaf


Meditative absorption.

Direct understanding.

The Zen of Winter.

Branch on the Ground

“To the mind that is still the whole universe surrenders”

Lao Tzu

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe”


“To attain knowledge,

add things every day. 

To attain wisdom,

remove things every day.” 

Lao Tzu

Wood in Fence