Call for Entries Accepted Artists
San Anselmo, California
Coastal Marsh 10.2.1
A lineage holder in the Zen tradition of Donsghan and Dogen, I began Zen practice with my first teacher, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 1968. I received Dharma Transmission, authorization to teach, in August of 1999 and currently teach in both the U.S. and Europe.
Making, not simply taking, these photographs is part of my ongoing interest in exploring how meeting takes place between our self, one another, each thing. Through a 40+ year engagement with Zen practice, I have found that it is essential to believe in nothing. Out of the utter clarity of this dynamic, ever changing nothing, each arising may appear as it is, each meeting may take place not limited to our views and preferences.
This nothing is born of a not knowing; not knowing does not mean that we do not know anything, but rather that we are not limited by what we know. The contents of each moment as well as the moment itself may have a wild, mysterious, yet to be explored quality, fresh and pure. It is a purity that is not about being free from defilements; prior to preconceptions, purity is about neither being this way or that. It manifests as a deep intimacy where we are able to see ourselves in each thing, and may allow our meeting others /each thing to be expressed uniquely as us. Each arising, whether new to our experience or not, is intimate, a piece of our mind. Everything is close…