No Words

My heart is like the autumn moon,
Pure as a pool of limpid blue
That nothing can compare.
Teach me what words there are
That can express it.

– Han Shan

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Fireflies

In Western culture alone, they carry “a vast network of associations including such distinct and even contradictory significances as childhood, crop, doom, elves, fear, habitat change, idyll, love, luck, mortality, prostitution, solstice, stars and fleetingness of words and cognition,” wrote Stefan Ineichen, a firefly researcher in Switzerland, in a 2016 paper published in Advances in Zoology and Botany.

Short documentary Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night

“Quechua speakers in the Andes call fireflies añañahui, or “ghost eyes.”… 

I just call them a beautiful wonder in the night…

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Zen: “using the mind completely” & “…passing the world right through.”

The way of transcending the world
Exists in passing the world right through.
It is not necessarily in severing ties
With others and fleeing the world altogether.
The means of understanding one’s mind
Exist in using the mind completely.
It is not necessarily in cutting off from desires
And turning the mind to ashes.

– Hung Ying-ming

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If one purifies the ground of one’s own mind

and beholds one’s own nature,

There remains no Pure Land for which to hope,

No hell to fear,

No passions to overcome,

No duality of good and evil.

One is free from the cycle of rebirths.

One will be born in every life as one’s mind wishes.

– Ikkyu

Another Off the Tumblr

A drum, a banjo, a nice rug and table, Hudson’s Bay trade blanket, ash-woven pack basket and kerosene lanterns, Filson waxed hat…. THIS is old-school camping at its very best!

It’s what I love about canoe camping… you can take along a lot of luxuries. The funny part is I have the same hat, the same [but really, really old] blanket, a banjo, the same table and a close approximation of the rug!]

photo: http://mizar113.tumblr.com/