透明観 tōmeikan – photography project

透 – tō – to be transparent, leave gap, hold light 明 – mei – bright/ illumination観 – kan observation meditation; perceive transparent and moving, perceiving interpenetrating and making space, like the bird shape of Kannon 観音 soaring, seeing and feeling My series of abstracted photographs has been expanding in the last couple of years and …

Vista painting and punky rocks at Traprain Law

It was peaceful working with artist Margaret Kerr (please have a look at her beautiful and mesmerizing work: @megkerr245 on Instagram) in East Lothian – Margaret kindly invited me over to collaborate, she been practicing a deep creative exploration of Traprain Law and its environment and past. The atmosphere, open spaces and vistas as well …

Waves breaking through light – Kusen collaboration

John Fraser’s Kusen Master Dogen’s poem ‘Zazen Practice’: The moon mirroredBy a mind freeOf all distractions;Even the waves, breaking,Are reflecting its light We have a primitive idea what a symbol is. Usually, we think it’s like a code. So, in this case, ‘Moon’ will mean ‘Enlightenment’, or ‘Buddha Mind’, something like that. But a symbol …

Awakening flooding through us – Kusen Collaboration with John Fraser

John’s Kusen 131 In these days, it often feels as if we are living in a dream. But whose dream? Awakening is one of the three meanings of Satori, Enlightenment. So what is Awakening? It isn’t waking up into a different world. It isn’t, asleep, imagining that the world is flat, and waking up, realising …

Bring me your mind – Kusen Collaboration with John Fraser

John’s Kusen 130 Eko said to Bodhidharma, “my mind is not at peace, please pacify it” Bodhidharma said, “bring me your mind and I will pacify it” After a while Eko said, “I have looked everywhere for my mind and I cannot find it” Bodhidharma said, “There! I have pacified it” In Eko’s question, we …