Thursday, October 14, 2021

meditation vs. contemplation

 


Miss Cat likes to watch the geckos in the bamboo outside my house.

She knows she cannot catch them, yet she studies their every move.

Is gecko watching a form of meditation?

Or is she contemplating other, more important issues?



photo: bruce behnke 2021


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

fishing

 


who cares if you catch any fish?


photo: Bruce Behnke 2021
Haleiwa, Oahu, Hawaii

Monday, September 20, 2021

Moon Festival 2021




明月几时有

把酒问青天

不知天上宫阙

今夕是何年

我欲乘风归去

又恐琼楼玉宇

高处不胜寒

起舞弄清影

何似在人间

转朱阁

低绮户

照无眠

不应有恨

何事长向别时圆

人有悲欢离合

月有阴晴圆缺

此事古难全

但愿人长久

千里共婵娟


When is there moonlight?

Winecup in hand, I ask the deep blue sky

Not knowing in those celestial palaces on high

What year it is tonight

I long to fly on the wind

Yet dread those crystal towers, those courts of jade

Freezing to death among those icy heights

Instead I rise to dance with my pale shadow

Better off, after all, in the world of men

Rounding the red pavilion

Stooping to look through gauze windows

The moon shines on the sleepless

The moon should know no sadness

Why, then, is she always full when dear ones are parted?

As men's grief and joy, parting and union

So the moon is bright or dim, waxes and wanes

Always some flaw, and so it has been since of old

My one wish for you is long life

And to share in this loveliness far, far away.


 Su Shi (苏轼)

1037-1101


photo: bruce behnke 2020


Thursday, September 16, 2021

damselfly visits

 


with damselflies and dragonflies now regularly visiting my pond I feel like they've validated it as part of the natural landscape of the area



photo: Bruce behnke 2021
Pearl City, Oahu, Hawaii 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

giving life

 



The reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself;

 it gives life to others as it transforms.

~Lao Tzu



photo: (c) bruce behnke 2011

Foothills of Ko'olau Mountains

O'ahu, Hawai'i  U.S.A.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

beauty in diversity

 



consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds


Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance



photo: (c) Bruce Behnke 2011
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Friday, September 10, 2021

we remember you

 


we will never forget



photo: Anthony Quintano