Zen Master


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There is a Kyber Crystal is hidden within Chirrut Îmwe’s Bō staff, specifically in the metal piece at the end.

The “Crystal containment lamp,” as it’s described in the Star Wars Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide by Pablo Hidalgo, contains not a full Jedi Kyber Crystal, but “a kyber sliver.”

However, this doesn’t mean Chirrut is Force-sensitive, but rather the Kyber crystals known to issue a harmonic sound that typically only Jedi can hear - Chirrut, likely thanks to his blindness enhancing his hearing ability, can hear that harmonic sound.

“Likely being designed as a symbolic source of inner illumination, it also allows Chirrut to better gauge where the end of the staff is, as he can hear both the battery and crystal harmonics.”

Which is also why Chirrut was able to sense the Kyber Crystal on Jyn’s necklace - it wasn’t that he sensed it through the Force, but that he could hear the harmonic vibration of the crystal.

El Amor Verdadero

Por Thích Nhất Hạnh.

El amor verdadero consta de cuatro elementos que el maestro zen y pacifista Thích Nhất Hạnh describe de la siguiente manera:

BONDAD – Maitri : La bondad en el amor es la inclinación natural a hacer el bien ante todo. De acuerdo al Buda, la bondad es el elemento esencial del amor e implica compartir la alegría del corazón, la que a su vez nos provee con la capacidad de hacer feliz al otro.

Para ser bondadosos con nuestros seres queridos, el Buda recomienda observarlos de cerca pues allí radica nuestra capacidad para comprenderlos realmente. Observar al otro no es una acción física, con los ojos, sino una acción del alma y del corazón.

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After two years with Dongchu, I went into solitary retreat in the mountains. When I left I told him that I vowed to practice hard and not fail the Dharma. He answered, ‘Wrong! What is Buddhism? What is Dharma? The most important thing is not to fail yourself!’
—  Chan Master Sheng Yen
Hoofprints of the Ox
Zuigan Calls His Own Master

“Zuigan called out to himself every day, “Master.” Then he answered himself, “Yes, sir.”

And after that he added, “Become sober.” Again he answered, “Yes, sir.” And after that he continued. “Do not be decided by others.” “Yes, sir; yes , sir,” he answered.

Calling the Master within is not mere introspection, the usual am of which his to understand one’s psychological motives or evaluate one’s behavior – good or bad. Zunigan’s calling, “Master,” is calling the universal self, not the moral self. The Master Zuigan calls is the true self that existed before he was born. – Gyomay Kubose  Sensei’s commentary.

A Review of Maggie Umber 2017. Sound of Snow Falling. 2dcloud: Minneapolis, MN.

I received my copy of Maggie Umber’s (@maggieumber) Sound of Snow Falling this week. This is an attempt at putting in words some things that it brought to me, even if a piece of music might be able to say it better.

Not only has Maggie Umber succeeded in her stated goal “to make science more accessible to non-scientists”, as testified by the owl researcher James Duncan in his foreword to this book — but her scientifically accurate work has a huge emotional impact which is that of a work of art. Popularizing science has been a trend in recent years if one looks at the success of the YouTube channels such as those of Mitch Moffit & Greg Brown of @asapscience, Emilie Graslie of @thebrainscoop, and Hank Green & co. of @scishow, following in the footsteps of such eminent science communicators as Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye. What Maggie Umber does, however, is not so much to popularize as to give us an engaging living viewport into the lives of the Great Horned Owls in their environment.

What for me was the most immediate and accessible part of the novel, was its depiction of winter light. The colour scheme is very restrained: umber, the colour used by the Dutch Baroque masters to give chiaroscuro shades, and near-monochromatic grayscale gradients dominate the work with blue. Some muted red is added here and there to give additional strength and contrast. For me, the effect is instantly recognizable. This is what winter light feels like. Many of the general landscape sceneries recall to my mind Finnish landscape painters such as Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Pekka Halonen.

On the other hand, some of the deceivingly easy looking brush strokes remind me of the Japanese art of Zen ink painting. 

This sort of a meditative mood is what I take home from the novel - a nowness of a world depicted and evoked with just a few lines. What is the sound of snow falling is like asking the kōan – what is the sound of one hand clapping. Umber’s nonverbal communication through the narrative is evocative of nowness of hearing the silence, the silence that John Cage proved does not exist except in the act of putting together of the sounds themselves (“one enters an anechoic chamber [–] to discover that one hears two sounds of one’s own unintentional making (nerve’s systematic operation, blood’s circulation)” John Cage 1955. Experimental Music: Doctrine). The silence that is what makes music, music.

And yet, the effect of her novel is entirely contemporary and new. The documentary-film–like quality of the work rises to the fore for example in the sequences of nesting as if through a streaming webcam. Even if she started off in the idiom of graphic novels with their narration techniques, I feel that Maggie Umber has moved beyond, into the realm of art as a portable, affordable treasure to be owned. These things don’t happen that often. So, if you don’t have it yet, grab it while you can.

The credits roll, I stand up.

This is my one hand clapping for you, Maggie.

People don’t know themselves criticize others from the point of view of their own ignorant selves. They consider whatever agrees with them to be good, and hate whatever doesn’t go their way. They become irritated about everything, causing themselves to suffer by themselves, bothering themselves solely because of their own prejudices.
—  Suzuki Shōsan (鈴木正三, February 5, 1579 – July 28, 1655)
Mystic Messenger Oneshots Masterlist

Since I have too many fics to put into just one masterlist, I made separate masterlists.
This masterlist contains oneshots for “Mystic Messenger”.

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The Tea Ceremony by Thich Nhat Hanh


“You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.

Only in the awareness of the present, can your hands feel the pleasant warmth of the cup.

Only in the present, can you savor the aroma, taste the sweetness, appreciate the delicacy.

If you are ruminating about the past, or worrying about the future, you will completely miss the experience of enjoying the cup of tea.

You will look down at the cup, and the tea will be gone.

Life is like that.

If you are not fully present, you will look around and it will be gone.

You will have missed the feel, the aroma, the delicacy and beauty of life.

It will seem to be speeding past you. The past is finished.

Learn from it and let it go.

The future is not even here yet. Plan for it, but do not waste your time worrying about it.

Worrying is worthless.

When you stop ruminating about what has already happened, when you stop worrying about what might never happen, then you will be in the present moment.

Then you will begin to experience joy.”

“Mentally labeling and judging everything that we see and experience destroys our sacred sense of Oneness with all life”.   ~Anon I mus