"The arts of Zen are not intended for utilitarian purposes,
or for purely aesthetic enjoyment,
but are meant to train the mind, indeed
to bring it into contact with ultimate reality."
"Creativity is our birthright. Every human life contains its seeds and is constantly manifesting it, whether we're building a sand castle, preparing Sunday dinner, painting a canvas, walking through the woods, or programming a computer.
The creative process… points us toward our essential nature, which is a reflection of the boundless creativity of the universe.
Zen Arts is about the experience of Buddha's Enlightenment, not the words or ideas which describe it. It is about the way the creative act expresses our inherent perfection and enlarges the universe by making visible the invisible."
Taken from "The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life" by John Daido Loori
Saturday, November 7, 2009
"Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion." -- Dwight David Eisenhower