Tag Archives: contemplation

The full spectrum of you

Thinking positive thoughts, feeling positive emotions – is the holy grail in the modern world so filled with fear and negativity. How do I always have a positive self-image? How do I avoid negative thoughts leading to negative emotions? So many books written, so many words said on the subject, and yet, we still love […]

Tribute to Daido Loori Zen Roshi – my inspiration for Zen art — Creatively ZEN

It has been just over 7 years when I came to do an art residency at Zen Mountain Monastery, Mount Tremper, USA. I was lucky to be in the last group of trainees who met Daido Roshi, about a month before his death from lung cancer. His life story was a remarkable one: sailor in […] […]

The refuge of Now

An uncertain world and uncertain times. But when was it different? We can drive ourselves nuts with thoughts about the future – “what will become of me?”, “what if things never change?”, “what if I never find my place?”, “what if I will be forever alone?”. And the emotional pain that follows that kind of […]

Zen and unexpected beauty

From the early childhood, we are told what is beautiful and what is not. As children, we find everything around us fascinating and new because we don’t have yet this structure, this imaginary scale… Source: Zen and unexpected beauty

Celebrating impermanence: Chiang Mai flowers

Every February Chiang Mai, Thailand, hosts a lively and colorful Flower Festival. Thai people prepare many amazing floats for the parade, intricately decorated with myriads of live flowers. I remember how seeing this fragrant opulence for the first time was a bit of shock for me. I couldn’t believe that people would put so much […]