I just returned from a business trip to Nashville, Tenn. I had the chance to read two interesting books during my travel time. That is the nice thing about flying, that and the speed.
Not just a book on the ideals and practice of Zen. This book is for the Artist and those those strive to be one. Although we are all artist in some form. This book is written by a Photographer who went on to become a Zen priest and setup a Zen center. He speaks on the our universal connection with all things. How we can tap into that chi and make a direct link with all things. In his case using that to do photos. The subject “told” him when to take the picture, once he had connected with it. How it is the same as in flower arranging, archery, painting, making music. It, the picture, the song, the painting, is waiting, we just need to connect with it. He speaks alot of using chi to reach out and make this connection, the subject’s chi with ours, blending. He gives a few drills on quieting the mind, and learning to concentrate. What I found most interesting was how his journey to make better photos, was his path to Zen. How once on the path he found fullness not just on a spiritual level but also on a artistic level beyond just taking good photos.
The next book:
This book is written by a Black woman who being came a Zen priest. It tells of her journey to this path, and what she found here. It tells how it made everything come together for her. Although this book is written by a Black woman from her view and experiences it is relevant for all people of color here in the States. We all face the same issues, perhaps on different levels, different intensities, but it is there, sometimes on the surface in your face, other times, laying low, covert, there is no duality. It is worthwhile to read even just from the point of understanding another’s path. trails, challenges, achievements. Walking in their shoes as it is said. This book, covers the all basics of Buddhism, as well as how she learned about herself and life while learning the Zen Tao.
Flying…traveling is interesting, observing all the peoples. I found it interesting how many many people as soon as the plane lands are on their cell phones. Makes you wonder how we lived without them. Another interesting thing is how as soon as the plane stops everyone stands and grabs their, or tries to grab their bags, but because everyone is doing it, only half can get their things, and still EVERYONE has to wait, now standing, crowed in the walkway until the doors open. This is usually 5 min or more later. All that rushing , standing, crowding, half standing, got them where? People are funny…
There is a time for rushing and movement, and a time for stillness. Being one with that time, that flow of time, makes travel less stressful.