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#41 tariki

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 02:11 AM

 

Giving my mother-in-law a garden gnome at Christmas time has become a tradition for us.  Some 23 years since it started, I am now searching for a meditating gnome!

 

Hi Paul, your mother must now have quite a collection, reminding me of a story I read in a Sunday Newspaper some time ago. A Chimney sweep had a large gnome and a couple of others in his front garden and always placed an Ad in the local newspaper advertising his services...."The one with the Gnomes". Then another man in the same trade moved in as a neighbour and put a few gnomes in his own garden. At that point just perhaps they should have had a polite word with each other, but instead the original chimney sweep added to his own set of gnomes with many more. Come the finish, each had countless gnomes in their gardens. Not sure just how it all ended up.


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Posted 26 April 2017 - 02:21 AM

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Back to gardens, a watercolour by the British artist David Jones. I am reading a biography of him at the moment. It is magical. His experience in the First World War coloured much, if not all, of his work. A Catholic, one of his works depicted the Crucifixion and the soldiers beneath the cross wore helmets just like the Tommies wore. For some reason some took offence at this. David Jones also wrote two very long poems and these were held in very high regard by the likes of T S Eliot. I have not read them - in fact I had not even heard of David Jones prior to hearing about the biography.


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Posted 27 April 2017 - 06:24 PM

 

Hi Paul, your mother must now have quite a collection, reminding me of a story I read in a Sunday Newspaper some time ago. A Chimney sweep had a large gnome and a couple of others in his front garden and always placed an Ad in the local newspaper advertising his services...."The one with the Gnomes". Then another man in the same trade moved in as a neighbour and put a few gnomes in his own garden. At that point just perhaps they should have had a polite word with each other, but instead the original chimney sweep added to his own set of gnomes with many more. Come the finish, each had countless gnomes in their gardens. Not sure just how it all ended up.

 

We have our own City of Gnomes in the lower reaches of our state.  What I think started out as one or two people leaving a gnome on a rural street corner has grown into a free tourist attraction called 'Gnomesville'.  I don't really care much for gnomes, but it is an amusing place to visit.

 

http://gnomesville.com.au/

 

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 03:00 AM

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After the influx of Gnomes, some back gardens painted by David Jones. He really is an endearing person to read about. A fine biography.


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Posted 28 April 2017 - 03:03 AM

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Trees. David Jones again.


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Posted 30 April 2017 - 06:08 AM

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A garden of sorts, in fact the gravestone of the poet and artist David Jones. The circle is significant. David Jones once said that everything constituted a sort of circle in some way. "I need to think that everything is complete somewhere".

 

Dogen (bringing in another thread) spoke of "continuous practice"........."On the great road of Buddha ancestors, there is always unsurpassable practice, continuous and sustained. It forms the circle of the way and is never cut off. Between aspiration, practice, enlightenment, and nirvana, there is not a moments gap; continuous practice is the circle of the way"

 

Bringing yet another thread - can't remember where - there was the suggestion that though we live ("common sensically") in linear time frame, Reality itself is not simply linear.

 

 

 

 


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Posted 30 April 2017 - 03:28 PM

Another "modernist" poet, T S Eliot, begins "Four Quartets" with these words......

 

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.

 

​Four Quartets ends with T S Eliot affirming the words of the Christian mystic Mother Julian of Norwich:- "And all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well"

 

So Eliot works out his own "answer".


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Posted 30 April 2017 - 03:32 PM

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"Our ends are beginnings" (Line from Four Quartets)


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Posted 02 May 2017 - 02:25 AM

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Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind.
                              But to what purpose
Disturbing the dust on a bowl of rose-leaves
I do not know.

 

 

(The Rose Garden, with lines from Four Quartets)


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 02:27 AM

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At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.

 

​(T S Eliiot)


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 05:38 AM

More from T S Eliot, these words really struck.......

 

You can receive this: "on whatever sphere of being
The mind of a man may be intent
At the time of death"—that is the one action
(And the time of death is every moment)
Which shall fructify in the lives of others:
And do not think of the fruit of action.
Fare forward.

Much of the poem (Four Quartets) is above my head, but as one zen master said, there, at the point of not understanding, is your understanding.  
 


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Posted 04 May 2017 - 08:23 AM

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 12:50 PM

The moment of the rose and the moment of the yew-tree
Are of equal duration

 

​(T S Eliot)

 

 

The only extension to the present is intensity

 

(Lama Govinda)

 

 

One final garden........

 

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I always love something man-made within the natural colours and shapes and blooms.

 

 

 


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Posted 04 May 2017 - 01:59 PM

For anyone interested here is a link to a Dharma talk on Four Quartets and the Dharma.

 

 

http://www.westernbu...ol3/Dancing.htm

 

Anyway, as far as I'm aware, THE END.

 

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