Wednesday, 31 August 2016

WW: Square fudo

(100-year model; square ring, representing the Four Noble Truths, i.e. the four walls of the eremitical monastery.)

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Banana Seat Buddhism

"Popping a wheelie just meant pulling the front wheel off the ground for a moment, but riding a wheelie was the measure of the kid. Alfred Dickerson could ride a wheelie all day long, as if riding on one wheel was God's plan."

(Definitive definition of enlightenment, vs simple kensho, courtesy of fellow Blogger blogger Jim Neill. From his Blogger blogger blog, Life in the Nohodome. Jim's whole meditation on the 70s-kid bike culture, from which this excerpt was excerpted, is brilliant. And scientifically accurate. To the third decimal place. After multiple blind and diverse dates. Go see it.)

(Snapshot of unknown provenance.)

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

WW: August moment

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Hermit Manifesto

Yoga and meditation on Lake Titicaca Bolivia There is no compromise with the Devil; either you win, or he does. Intellectuals resist this truth, with their instinctive fear of absolutes, while fanatics, in their contempt for ambiguity, snatch it up too eagerly. But the fact remains that watered poison and poisoned water are the same.

Groups – all of them, political, social, and religious – convince their members to put up with them, to ride along on their acts of unreason, violence, and injustice. Many of those individuals disagree with the acts in question, but defer to a collective morality they hope is greater and wiser than their own. But just one dissent, one shaking head, explodes the illusion of finality.

That's why power must kill every seeker to triumph. It's the logic of resistance: it takes thousands of repressors, striving constantly, to enforce uniformity, but just one of us, merely existing, to destroy it. Power crows, "We've won! Give up!", but those last words are telling: if you don't, it can't.

So oligarchies obsess over enemies, earned and invented, and the wicked wallow in witch hunts. Because no matter how large the majority, how positive the polls, leave one independent thought zapping between two ears, and dominion is denied.

Therefore, evil is collective; good individual. Never – never – surrender your autonomy to any group, movement, or leader.

(Photo courtesy of Juan Gatica and Wikimedia Commons.)

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

WW: 12-strand diamond fudo

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Analysis Kyôsaku

Why are you unhappy?

Because 99.9 per cent
Of everything you think,
And of everything you do,
Is for yourself

And there isn't one.

Wei Wu Wei

(Photo of redundant analyst's couch courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and a generous photographer.)

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

WW: Representin'

(Particulars here.)

Thursday, 4 August 2016

The Prison Koan

Wisdom Window

The hermit Hyung asked:
"What's the difference between a monastery and a prison?"

Wu Ya's commentary: "Fuck you for asking."

(Photo of Nelson Mandela's cell window courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and a generous photographer.)

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

WW: First Nations canoes

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