Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Old Ways

The Old Ways - yes.

in memorium

R.I.P. Mark Stackhouse
"Now those who recite this Sutra and then try to put it in practice will accumulate merit as countless as the sands of Arizona and Nevada; will help save the planet Earth from total oil slick; will enter the age of harmony of man and nature; will win the tender love and caresses of men, women, and beasts; will always have ripened blackberries to eat and a sunny spot under a pine tree to sit at; and, in the end will win highest perfect enlightenment."
~ Gary Snyder, Smokey The Bear Sutra

- - cover of Gary Snyder's book "The Old Ways" ...or, rather, my version of the cover of Gary Snyder's book (still need to find out who did the original artwork - Thomas H. Pohrt?) These renditions have been created from a photograph of a 30-year old, wrinkled and stained photocopy of the bookcover.
re Snyder: "His work, in his various roles, reflects an immersion in both Buddhist spirituality and nature."

"The Bear Sutra" - Video montage based on the Gary Snyder classic (in Polish; special thanks to Wojciech Jacob Jankowski [see also - whats up: Dumki Jacoba & A Carnival of Revolution])

by Gary Snyder

"Once in the Jurassic about 150 million years ago, the Great Sun Buddha in this corner of the Infinite Void gave a discourse to all the assembled elements and energies: to the standing beings, the walking beings, the flying beings, and the sitting beings--even the grasses, to the number of thirteen billion, each one born from a seed, assembled there: a Discourse concerning Enlightenment on the planet Earth...

"In some future time, there will be a continent called America. It will have great centers of power called such as Pyramid Lake, Walden Pond, Mt. Rainier, Big Sur, Everglades, and so forth; and powerful nerves and channels such as Columbia River, Mississippi River, and Grand Canyon. The human race in that era will get into troubles all over its head, and practically wreck everything in spite of its own strong intelligent Buddha-nature...

"...And if anyone is threatened by advertising, air pollution, television,
or the police, they should chant SMOKEY THE BEAR'S WAR SPELL:

And SMOKEY THE BEAR will surely appear to put the enemy out with his vajra-shovel."

(2009) Fifty years ago this Fall a small press in Kyoto, Japan published an English language book of poems, Riprap, by an unknown, first-time poet and UC Berkeley graduate student, Gary Snyder. It was, along with Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Jack Kerouac's On the Road, one of the books that launched the Beat Generation. It was also the most important book of American nature writing since John Muir's The Mountains of California in 1890, a pioneering work in the brief history of the American Buddhist sensibility, and a set of poems that combined freedom and elegance in a way that opened up new pathways in modern poetry. Join us in celebrating this landmark in American literature and in the cultural life of California.

Dedicated to Mark


* Mark Douglas “Stack” Stackhouse, 55, lost his battle with cancer Aug. 12, 2010.

this post inspired by a photo and comment on Facebook by Wojciech Jacob Jankowski, and his also sending me the Polish video "Sutra Szarego Niedzwiedzia 2nd Hand Beatnix."

[Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, Feb. 26 2011]

"Teraz, wczoraj, sto, tysiąc czy więcej lat temu - tak to właśnie wygląda. Nauczyciel i uczniowie. SMZC, zimowe sesshin, foto - Barbara."

Now, yesterday, a hundred thousand or more years ago - that's how it looks. Teacher and students. SMZC, winter sesshin)


GARY SNYDER: @Wikipedia | Google search | @YouTube
Department of English, UC Davis (American Nature Writing)

by Gary Snyder

Video: Sutra Szarego Niedzwiedzia 2nd Hand Beatnix

Video: Gary Snyder: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Riprap

Mark Stackhouse obituary

Wojciech Jacob Jankowski (english [see also - whats up: Dumki Jacoba & A Carnival of Revolution]))

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