The Cancer Guy

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I was on my way to get lunch today when I came across this guy sitting under an overpass asking for money. I stopped, gave him some, and had a nice chat. He was being treated at the nearby Massachusetts Hospital and had only nice thing to say about his doctors. 

I gathered his cancer was very serious but his attitude was accepting of his condition. Looking at one’s death close up is hard. There is a Buddhist meditation theory that meditating on our death clarifies the mind and helps us to see things more clearly. 

The gentle demeanor of this man was very powerful.

A Question Of Perspective

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There’s a book out called “Zen Camera” that I just ordered. It links mindful thinking with photography. This image is my first under the influence of that book. It’s a feeble attempt to question what’s the real subject of this photograph. 

How about the lock on the chain?

Looks Can Be Decieving

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A monk you say? A man of kindness and compassion raising money for his monastery or maybe for poor people selling a Buddhist token as a kind of blessing.

Not on your life! This beatific looking gentleman is a common street hustler. These guys come out of winter hibernation as the spring and summer tourists start to fill our streets.

BEWARE!

 

A Misleading Concept

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The older I get, the more I’m troubled by our concept of “self”. To me it tends to necessitate the need for an “other”. This puts these concepts in opposition to each other and that’s where all the trouble starts.

In The Present

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Being in the present. Easy to say, so hard to do.

Radical Simplicity

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Simple Is Really Hard

 

Segmented

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We all try to segment our lives. There’s the work, home, friends, family et cetera. I’m not sure that makes any sense. In my opinion everything is joined.

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