Cheery quote. Now if I could just get it!
Hashima Island, Japan
A few months ago, our friend and collaborator Andrew Meredith took a trip to the Hashima Island, on the Southwest coast of Japan.
The island, a coal mining settlement established in the 1800s, was once the most densely inhabited place on earth. However, it had been completely deserted since the early 1970s, when the Government of Nagasaki decided to close the mine.
Even though people left, the buildings where they used to work and live, along with their belongings remained untouched and suspended in time as a testimony of a city that once was and shut down in a bat of an eye.
Through photography, Andrew Meredith was able to raise awareness on the existence of this hidden place, where none of us will probably ever go. Meredith’s intense and resonant photographs of the inanimate apartments, school, hospital and mine manage to express what it used to be on the Island and, in a way, give it a second life.
The full photo-report is viewable here.
Don’t think that only sitting with the eyes closed is practice. If you do think this way, then quickly change your thinking. Steady practice is keeping mindful in every posture, whether sitting, walking, standing or lying down. When coming out of sitting, don’t think that you’re coming out of meditation, but that you are only changing postures. If you reflect in this way, you will have peace. Wherever you are, you will have this attitude of practice with you constantly. You will have a steady awareness within yourself.
Photo by Yotpisai Namutawong.
There’s only one Oscar for us.
Because in our culture we overvalue the intellect, we imagine that to become enlightened demands extraordinary intelligence. In fact, many kinds of cleverness are just further obscurations. There is a Tibetan saying: “If you are too clever, you could miss the point entirely.”
Patrul Rinpoche said: “The logical mind seems interesting, but it is the seed of delusion.” People can become obsessed with their own theories and miss the point of everything. In Tibet we say: “Theories are like patches on a coat, one day they just wear off.”
Photo by soulus.
Kingman Turquoise by 8Stones Plugs
Teal Honeycombs and Teal and Lemon Lime Galaxies by Frozenfire
16 mm rainbow banded fluorite tears
Sometimes i feel like some piece of me has gone since you left….but sometimes i’m glad it happened.
Sometimes i miss you….but sometimes i don’t even want to remember.
All i wanted to say is that you are an amazing person, thanks for the memories and i hope you’re happy.
P.S. i don’t regret anything we did or anything i said.