1. Keep Right

    The angels warn of the price of a moment’s heedlessness.

    "Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel," they say.

    But death beckons anyway, and in the end, it finds us all.

    What matters, then, is that we go with eyes open,

    Fearless into the abyss whence we came,

    And knowing that we live, we die, and,

    In the tangled syntax of the poet,

    That death not ends it.

  2. Visakha Bucha at Wat Suan Dok in Chiang Mai on May 13, 2014.

  3. Looks like an interesting new project well worth supporting: Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective is a new documentary about about how permaculture works as “a road map for the redesign of human systems”. It seems the world desperately needs an alternative to its current model of all-consuming economic growth. “Growth” has increasingly become synonymous with environmental destruction and social degradation. Even the few at the top of the capitalism food chain suffer its effects, albeit not as obviously as the billions whose lives are steadily ground into the dust by the relentless pursuit of profit (not to mention the many species that are simply being wiped out by the consumption economy’s insatiable appetite for food and other resources).

    As the world moves closer and closer to the edge of collapse, it will be important to have as many pockets of sane, sustainable development in place as possible. In the future, when the madness has passed, it will be the duty of all humans to help restore the balance our species has so thoughtlessly destroyed.     

  4. Sitting at the feet of the Master

  5. Headless, armless
    How can I grasp the nature of my being?
    I am shattered, scattered,
    like glass, or light.
    Except that I am a shadow,
    a being born of light,
    but cast upon the ground
    like a seed that grows
    until it grows
    a shadow of its own.

  7. Meru

    Civilisation is hooped together, brought
    Under a rule, under the semblance of peace
    By manifold illusion; but man’s life is thought,
    And he, despite his terror, cannot cease
    Ravening through century after century,
    Ravening, raging, and uprooting that he may come
    Into the desolation of reality:
    Egypt and Greece, good-bye, and good-bye, Rome!
    Hermits upon Mount Meru or Everest,
    Caverned in night under the drifted snow,
    Or where that snow and winter’s dreadful blast
    Beat down upon their naked bodies, know
    That day bring round the night, that before dawn
    His glory and his monuments are gone.

    William Butler Yeats

  8. Guardians

    We are all supplicants, turning to the gods and enlightened ones of various traditions, or to fanciful beings conjured by our imaginations, hoping they will protect us from unseen dangers. Is there any harm in this? No, unless it leads us to believe that we can let our guards down. For we are all guardians of our own souls.

  9. The Sacred and Decay

    A Buddha sits serenely next to offerings that have long since ceased to be fit to eat, but which continue to nourish the soul of the giver.

    A bodhi leaf slowly feeds the soil, while a discarded pack of tobacco serves no other purpose than to remind us of our own unwisdom.

  10. Spirit Houses

    We makes homes for our invisible friends, hoping they really are our friends. We fear what we can’t see, even if we know it probably isn’t even there. Because we never really can know, can we?