1. place the camera on the ground at your feet.
My friend Sara just told me that her incredible zen teacher Norman Fischer has started a blog. This makes me very happy.
“Compassion has a warm fuzzy flavor as its usually understood, but if you actually look into it, its chief characteristic is sorrow and sadness at the plight of another, whose fate is also exactly one’s own. So mostly we don’t want to feel real compassion- naturally we either ignore someone’s troubles, or we want to fix them immediately, so we don’t have to feel so badly. Yet, though it is difficult, compassion is the gateway to self transcendence, for it is compassion that opens wide the doors of the enclosed self, our personal prison. As usual with spiritual practice, things are not so simple as they seem at first, and something difficult and seemingly obviously to be avoided turns out to be something precious and beautiful. Compassion. In Zen we say there’s nothing but compassion. The sun right now shining through the window as I write these words: perfect compassion. Painful, powerful, bright, and warm.”
Always a fan of Blue Eyes Magazine. The new issue is out.