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It has a sound, a fullness.
It's heavy with sigh of tree,
and space between breaths.
It's ripe with pause between birdsong
and crash of surf.
It's golden they say.
But no one tells us it's addictive.

Angela Long


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Beautiful documentary by French film maker on the Gypsies of  Rajasthan ~
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Thank you, +Rajini Rao ~ A truly beautiful, joyful culture, full of warmth and community.  I loved it when the boys found their camels :).  Watching made my afternoon!
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John Oliver on a serious problem ~ Big Pharma marketing to doctors.

Thanks +Brad Esau 
Big Pharma marketing to doctors. 

I've kind of lightened up on writing about this sort of thing (but am hoping to get back to it soon). 

Last Week Tonight's John Oliver uses his brand of humour to expose a serious subject. 

via +Nina Anthonijsz 

#bigpharma   #pharmaceutical   #doctor   #corruption
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Jon Stewart recently purchased a farm in New Jersey with the intention of providing sanctuary for farm animals rescued form cruelty.

#JonStewart is awesome :)
Jon Stewart recently purchased a farm in New Jersey with the intention of providing a sanctuary for farm animals rescued from cruelty.
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It's Time for a Conversation ~

Breaking the communication barrier between dolphins and humans.

When one of Earth's smartest creatures vocalizes, it fuels a heated debate among scientists: Are dolphins actually speaking a complex language?
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Gorgeous Avian Images, thanks +Bill McGarvey ~

Eight Award-Winning Avian Images

In association with Nature’s Best Photography.
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Beautiful, isn't +deborah rabbit white :)
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Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.

Anthony Doerr

Beautiful and poetic, winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for Literature.  Am about halfway through.  Recommended!
I’m not sure I will read a better novel this year than Anthony ­Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See.” Enthrallingly told, beautifully written and so emotionally plangent that some passages bring tear...
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This is a photograph from the front line of a crisis.
The image of Sudan the rhino, surrounded by the armed guards who protect him from poachers, shows how little humans have learned since the ice age
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It's heartbreaking, +Greg Batten and +Cɪʈiᴢɘɳ Daʋɛ ~
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Truth :)
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Profound ~

I shared this post yesterday, and somehow accidentally deleted it :(.  My apologies to those who commented and plussed, as well as for re-posting.

Thank you so much +Gina Fiedel.

Being A Fox- The Tangles In Our Lives
A Zen Koan For You: Baizhang's Fox

As many of you know I am involved with the practice of Zen koan meditation.

I've been haunted by the koan we kept company with this past week and I want to share it with you. It's considered to be one of the more difficult koans to pass through but one of the beauties of koans is that it doesn't matter. There is something there for each of us.

This is a compelling story. Our conversation about it touched on the places we encounter in our lives that we experience as difficulties. The ones we want to get away from, have stop so we can go on living. Thing is, life is already here. This is it.

The koan invites reflection [and conversation] about what it's like to be stuck in the tangles of living that we find ourselves in, the difficulties and trials of being human. Life as a fox. Meeting life where we are, not turning from it in the effort to make the hard things go away, waiting for them to vanish before we think we can start living. We are living now. With whatever is happening.

In ancient China, foxes were reviled creatures and so to be stuck in the body and existence of a fox would be a terrible thing.

Baizhang's Fox

Whenever Baizhang gave a talk, an old man was there listening. He would stand at the back of the hall, quietly keeping himself apart from the assembly. When the people left he left too. One day he stayed behind.

“Who are you?” asked the teacher.

The old man said, “It's true I'm not a human being. In a previous universe, in the time of a different Buddha, I was the abbot on this mountain. A student asked me, 'Does an enlightened person fall under the law of cause and effect?' 'No,' I said, someone like that doesn't fall under the law of cause and effect.' Because of this, I've been reborn 500 times as a fox. Please will you say a turning word for me?”
Baizahang said, “You don't cut the chains of cause and effect.”

At these words the old man had a great awakening.
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+John Tarrant, Roshi and Founder of The Pacific Zen Institute, wrote a beautiful short piece about this koan. I hope he won't mind my putting it here:

”Once in the Australian alps, I did surgery on a red fox using a Swiss army knife. The fox was in a dingo trap, her front paw cut almost through below the elbow. I threw my shirt over her and opened the trap but it was clear that the leg couldn't be saved, and the fox waited while I cut it off. The fox had such an air of desperation, anguish and loss, her fur was stuck to itself, she smelt of fear and brokenness. She had little likelihood of survival and was anyway an alien, a non-native creature, considered a pest by biologists. Nonetheless this was a true meeting, she is someone I really met. She is certainly gone now, the people in my life then are gone, the snow at the tree line, and even the climate of that time is gone."

"The mind is built on brokenness and mutilation, and the way I see it the whole thing is a continuous flow. Each moment is also full of reasons and brightness. The fox's shaking, matted beauty touched me, an enlightenment inside the life we both have. It wasn't a trick of the light, the brokenness itself is complete, there are whole worlds inside the brokenness."

"When I keep company with a koan, whatever comes to me, is the koan, it doesn't have to be the tame version, have four whole legs or even belong to the same universe. It's alive.”
John Tarrant,

The Painting

Our dear longtime friend, Allison Atwill, who has, during the course of our long friendship, founded our local Sangha (Zen koan meditation group), become a sensei (teacher) and recently, a Roshi (full teacher, leader) having received transmission from her teacher (mine as well), founder of the Pacific Zen Institute), guides us in our experience of Zen koan meditation each week when we meet.

Allison is also a very gifted artist and this is a video of her discussing her koan paintings and the photo of the one I've included below.

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You are so welcome, +Becky Coleman ~
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Today, we’re going to talk about a man and his wish . . . a wish that was anything but greedy, a wish that absolutely, positively came true. I’m talking about a man named Dayton O. Hyde and his dream of opening The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. Hyde made a wish back in the 1980s and set about the business of making it come true . . . and he did it, out of sheer grit and determination.

His Kingdom for a Horse... #wildhorses   #northdakota  
Free At Last: The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
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You are so welcome, +Ramona Benton ~ I will!
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Great horned owlets ~

I love the hooting of great horned owls.  The link below is to recordings of owl sounds.  Some nights, when I am in the countryside, I can hear three owls calling back and forth.

Regular weekend readers may recall this image of a just-born Great Horned Owl poking its beak out of the nest. Well! Almost exactly month later, look how big that little guy/gal has gotten — and hey, look at all those siblings, too!
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Emma is one tough, brave cat!  Nine lives for sure.
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~ Leonard Cohen


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