Archives for the month of: January, 2014
January 29 2014 snow 023
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
Sun Tzu
Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014
Weekly Photo Challenge

January 29 snow 011

We are sun and moon, dear friend;

we are sea and land.

It is not our purpose

to become each other;

it is to recognize each other,

to learn to see the other

and honor him for what he is:

each the other’s opposite and complement.


Herman Hesse

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

January 29 2014 sunset 010


It is only when the formed

learns from the unformed

that there is understanding.

Chuang Tzu


Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

January 1 2014 Parkway 004


If you are a poet,

you will see clearly

that there is a cloud floating

in this sheet of paper. 

Without a cloud

there will be no water;

without water,

the trees cannot grow;

and without trees,

you cannot make paper. 

So the cloud is in here. 

The existence of this page

is dependent upon

the  existence of a cloud. 

Paper and cloud are so close.

Thich Nhat Hahn


Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

January 26 2014 ice 057

Being is an aspect of non-being;
non-being is no different from being.
Until you understand this truth,
you won’t see anything clearly.
One is all; all are one. When
you realize this, what reason for holiness or wisdom?
The mind of absolute trust
is beyond all thought, all striving,
is perfectly at peace; for in it
there is no yesterday,
no tomorrow,
no today.


Seng Ts’an

Translated by Robert Olson


Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

January 26 2014 ice 071

It is as though you have an eye

That sees all forms

But does not see itself.
This is how your mind is.
Its light penetrates everywhere
and engulfs everything,
So why does it not know itself?
Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

January 24 ice 027
Without accepting the fact
that everything changes,
we cannot find perfect composure.
But unfortunately,
although it is true,
it is difficult for us to accept it.
Because we cannot accept the truth of transience,
we suffer.
Shunryu Suzuki
Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

January 24 ice 046

A grub in filth is dirty,

but it changes into a cicada

and sips dew in the autumn breeze.

Rotting plants have no luster,

but they turn into foxfire

and glow in the summer moonlight.

So we know that purity emerges from impurity,

and light is born from darkness.

Huanchu Daoren

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

january 23 sunset 006

There is, so I believe,

in the essence of everything,

something that we cannot call learning.

There is, my friend,

only a knowledge

– that is everywhere.

Hermann Hesse

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

January 23 2014 snow 3 005
Advice is like snow –
the softer it falls,
the longer it dwells upon,
and the deeper in sinks
into the mind.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014