Happy 2015!

December 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

Happy 2015

Last of the stragglers heading home after greeting the New Year in.

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Restaurants emptied.

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Lights in fountains.

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Canada Place lit up.

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Finally, a little combination of Topaz’s new application “Glow” with Topaz’s Impression ‘Van Gogh II’, just to add a little color to your New Year.

Happy 2015!


No water, no moon.

December 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

In this way and that I tried to save the old pail

Since the bamboo strip was weakening and about to break

Until at last the bottom fell out.

No more water in the pail!

No more moon in the water!

from Story 29 of 101 Zen Stories.


December 22, 2014 § 3 Comments

Located in Vancouver, BC, the Shangri-la is the tallest building in the city, although you wouldn’t know it from the below photo where it seems dwarfed by two other structures.

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The bottom 15 floors are a hotel and the upper 47 floors are some of the most expensive condos you can buy in BC.

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At its base grows bamboo.

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The Vancouver Art Gallery also displays some works outside the Shangri-li.  Next is another shot looking up from inside one of the pieces erected by the Gallery.

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Here’s a shot inside the wooden structure.

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And here’s another work placed outside the Shangri-la some years ago.  This one was done by artist Ken Lum.

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And a shot of winter in Shangri-la where the Japanese Maples survive amid the pond.

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That’s all for now!



The Poetry of Zen

December 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

I stand here and watch the people of this world:
all against one and one against all,
angry, arguing, plotting and scheming.
Then one day, suddenly, they die.
And each gets one plot of ground:
four feet wide, six feet long.
If you can scheme your way out of that plot,
I’ll set the stone that immortalizes your name.

—Han Shan, 8th century, translated by J.P. Seaton

From The Poetry of Zen
Translated and edited by Sam Hamill and J.P Seaton
Shambhala, 2007.

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