Monday, November 30, 2009

When We're Aware

I am revisiting some Buddhist literature I've accumulated over the years. Much wisdom for living. Here is something I could ponder for the rest of my days, again from The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma (North Point Press 1989):

"When we're deluded, there's a world to escape. When we're aware, there's nothing to escape."

Monday, November 23, 2009

A "Page" From the Book of Jansch

Jimmy Page was certainly, er, inspired by Bert Jansch's rendition of this traditional Irish tune ("Blackwaterside" or "Down by Blackwaterside"). In fact, most agree he lifted Jansch's sublime fingerpicked melody for "Black Mountain Side." Honestly, it doesn't make me love Zeppelin's song (or Zeppelin) any less. But here's Jansch performing the original (from the 1970s?). I had the blessing of seeing Jansch perform many years back, but damn! I'll never be able to fingerpick like that.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thus Spake Bodhidharma

From The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma (North Point Press 1989):

"People who see that their mind is the buddha don't need to shave their head. Laymen are buddhas too. Unless they see their nature, people who shave their head are simply fanatics."