Bateson’s Sense of Humor. Koan

I’ve been reading Michael Wenger’s recently published book : 49 Fingers, a collection of modern American Koans.  It’s a wonderful book that includes Michael’s sumi paintings and the Koans, complete...

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Studying with Ohno, sensei.

Ohno sensei has passed away (2010). He was one of the great dancers, an adventurer of deep beauty butoh dance landscape.  He marveled audiences worldwide.In class, sometimes he showed us images of a...

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One Hand Clapping

I know the sound of two hand clapping. What is the sound of one hand clapping? Mr. YooWho decided yesterday to do his best to answer one of the more  famous of  Zen koans....

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Sayings by Marc Jondall

Sayings by Marc Jondall

My upstairs neighbor, Marc Jondall, former performer with the Pickle Family Circus, gave me these comments as we quipped about clown and zen. We were in the midst of cleaning off construction dust...

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Clown + Zen. The Three Tenets

Clown + Zen. The Three Tenets

The Three Tenets-Zen Perspective. During conversations with Roshi Egyoku, we looked at the parallels between clown and Zen. One that comes up is how Roshi Bernie Glassman’s Three Tenets can be...

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