We are as forlorn as children lost in the woods. When you stand in
front of me and look at me, what do you know of the griefs that are in
me and what do I know of yours? And if I were to cast myself down
before you and tell you, what more would you know about me than you
know about Hell when someone tells you it is hot and dreadful? For that
reason alone we human beings ought to stand before one another as
reverently, as reflectively, as lovingly, as we would before the
entrance to Hell.Franz Kafka
One of my favorite things to do is travel with my wife. I was very fortunate to marry a superb travel partner. I just need to show up and she has all the stuff arranged. That's her favorite thing to do. Anyway, I've been talking to her lately about getting away. We were supposed to go to Paris in Dec. and that didn't happen and then we were going to try and get away to ski and that didn't happen so now getting away has been on my mind pretty heavy. It didn't help when I watched this video on Boing/Boing this morning...
Now that the Apocalypse is really near I should probably brush up on some skills that will carry me through well into the future. Since the financial system looks like it will be the first tower to fall I should probably learn how to do the Freegan thing. You know, now that our money and economic system will be worth nothing. I could probably start in the dumpster out back!
"Do not overlook negative actions merely because they are small; however small a spark may be, it can burn down a haystack as big as a mountain." - "Do not overlook tiny good actions, thinking they are of no benefit; even tiny drops of water in the end will fill a huge vessel." -Buddha
The artist's dilemma and the meditator's are, in a deep sense, equivalent. Both are repeatedly willing to confront an unknown and to risk a response that they cannot predict or control. Both are disciplined in skills that allow them to remain focused on their task and to express their response in a way that will illuminate the dilemma they share with others.
And both are liable to similar outcomes. The artist's work is prone to be derivative, a variation on the style of a great master or established school. The meditator's response might tend to be dogmatic, a variation on the words of a hallowed tradition or revered teacher. There is nothing wrong with such responses. But we recognize their secondary nature, their failure to reach the peaks of primary imaginative creation. Great Art and Great Dharma both give rise to something that has never quite been imagined before. Artist and meditator alike ultimately aspire to an original act.
“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth... not going all the way, and not starting.” - Buddha
Tonight I start Grad School. I'm going after my MA in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University with the intention of getting licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist. The journey begins tonight. So if you hear me bitching down the road about workload and not enough time in the day or if you hear me start to get into fear, remind me that this is want I'm meant to do, that it's my purpose. I will appreciate you for it.
2009: Huntington Beach, CA – The Hoff Foundation announced today that
it will award quarterly grants totaling $1,500 to the following Artists
and Arts Organizations based in Orange County and Long Beach.
Hoff Foundation is a private arts foundation formed in 2008 with a
commitment to and passion for the arts. Since its inception one year
ago The Hoff Foundation has distributed $13,500 to various individual
artists and arts organizations. More information about The Hoff
Foundation and how the grants are awarded can be obtained at their
website located at www.thehofffoundation.org.