The shadow-reality of the black and white image in the “straight” photograph … invites us to become the world it re-presents.  Some would say that it invites us to imagine the real for ourselves. ~ Richard R. Niebuhr



confined by a thick wall

Buddha’s Enlightenment:

If you take pride in your attainment or become discouraged because of your idealistic effort, your practice will confine you by a thick wall*


*cited in:

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Shunryu Suzuki

autumn remains

Seeing our finger,

hearing a frog jump into the water,

experiencing the sunrise,

washing one’s face in the early morning –

anything will serve as a medium of realization if the mind is serene ~ Robert Aitken, A Zen Wave

autumn remains

If you stay at a place where a feeling of loneliness

[or sadness, detachment, voidness] comes,

the contemplative absorption arises in us ~Paltrul Rimpoche

Weekly Photo Challenge: kiss

Kiss. There are a lot of ways to capture a kiss, between two people – lovers, family, friends; two animals, or even just the sending or receiving of a kiss. I captured this kiss between two storks in Morocco. I felt lucky to have captured this moment.

In a new post specifically created for this challenge, share a picture which means KISS to you!