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 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.
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!’
“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.
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
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.
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)