What does Dongshan teach? The dark way, the bird path, and the open hand.
At the edge of the sea, the rumble and roll of the waters pull on some deep memory of our
first, floating home, when we were diaphanous, barely matter, aeons before the empires of
thought and industry were built upon the land. Wind pours through the coastal forest, joining the boom
of the waves, and the world is a unity of impersonal and completely consoling roar.
(Bodhi Day, December 2018)
When the foundation stone for Notre-Dame de Paris was laid in 1163 everyone, architects to stonemasons, knew they’d be working on something they wouldn’t live to see completed, nor would their children or grandchildren. They couldn’t be certain that the engineering would hold, or what the light, filtered through rose windows into a stone glade, would be like.
(Earth Day, April 2019)
A day of remembrance. How do you memorialize something that hasn’t happened yet? The United Nations says that a million species could go extinct in the coming decades. What will that look like coming across our news feed? Imagine that the extinctions are announced one by one as they occur : How many alerts per day will that be?
(Memorial Day, May 2019)