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Zen Training – The Beginning..

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Ego or what we refer to as I is a conductor or channel of energy.

Contrary to popular belief, I is not a fixed entity.  It is a sucession of physical and mental events or pressures, which appear momentarily and as quickly pass away.

“As normally there is no cessation of subject activity, there can normally be no state in which were are devoid of ego. It is a matter of banishing the restricted -petty ego- until an ‘egoless ego’ is acquired” – Katsuki Sekida

There is no hatred, jealousy or fear – everything is as is, in it’s true aspect. It is a state where you cling to or adhere to nothing. It is not that you are without desires, but while desiring and adhering to things you are at the same time unattached to them.

Learn to exercise the mind of non attachment while working in attachment..

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Pure Existence

We all have experienced a state of activity in our consciousness where all ceases – space, time or causation. Whether your jogging, or in court shooting hoops, playing pool or any engaging mind absorbing activity. In this state, the mind is still and there all but silence in the mind. This is pure existence.

In ordinary life, our consciousness works tirelessly to protect and maintain our interests. It has acquired the habit of utilitarian thinking – looking upon things in the world as tools. We look at objects in the light of how they can be made use of. This is called the  habitual way of consciousness. This way of looking at things is the origin of man’s distorted view of himself.. and the world, which makes it impossible to see into our true nature. This way of treating oneself and the world leads to a mechanical way of thinking, which is the cause of suffering of modern man. Unnoticed, it can lead to the development of mental illnesses.

Zen or zazzen teaching aim at overthrowing this distorted view of the world. It is a method that teaches you to be aware of one’s being in its pure form, where one can pro actively experience pure existence. This experience of pure existence of one’s being, associated with with the recovery of pure consciousness, leads us to the recognition of pure existence in the external world too,. This experience is attained by the training of body and mind. Reason comes later and illuminates the experience, thus the two wheels of the cart of cognition are completed.

Zen Training – The Beginning..

Ego or what we refer to as I is a conductor or channel of energy.

Contrary to popular belief, I is not a fixed entity.  It is a sucession of physical and mental events or pressures, which appear momentarily and as quickly pass away.

“As normally there is no cessation of subject activity, there can normally be no state in which were are devoid of ego. It is a matter of banishing the restricted -petty ego- until an ‘egoless ego’ is acquired” – Katsuki Sekida

There is no hatred, jealousy or fear – everything is as is, in it’s true aspect. It is a state where you cling to or adhere to nothing. It is not that you are without desires, but while desiring and adhering to things you are at the same time unattached to them.

Learn to exercise the mind of non attachment while working in attachment..

“Abiding nowhere, let the mind work” -The Diamond Sutra.
” True freedom is freedom from your own desires” – Katsuki Sekida

CURATED METALS, WITH MR. TJ LETSA

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IMG_0257 I love jewelry, but unfortunately it falls under the category of things come to life on everyone else apart from me. Meet fellow photographer Mr letsa (pronounced le•tcher), I bumped into him the other day and I wasn’t about to let him slide without getting a shot of his well curated metals.Men tend to over do jewelry, yet its quite surprising how Mr. Letsa pulls his off without coming off gaudy. I love the brass and the anchored rope bracelet very much, makes me want to start sacking up bracelets again. I really fancy pinky rings, but for some unknown reason every ring wants to come off my finger after 5 seconds flat.I guess it won’t hurt  sticking  to the appreciation chair till I gather up guts, enjoy.

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Lithium, the Salton Sea and a startup that’s trying to change the game

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Just south of the Salton Sea — the salty, shrinking 350-square-mile lake that was formed as the result of an engineering accident in the early 1900s — a six-year-old tech startup has been extracting the “white gold” that lies thousands of feet below the surface. That valuable material, lithium, can be used in batteries for electric cars and cell phones, and the project has piqued enough interest that execs from a handful of battery makers, as well as electric car company Tesla, have visited the site.

On a typical baking-hot, dusty summer afternoon off an industrial road outside of Calipatria, California, Simbol Materials’ executives showed me the series of gray pipes and beige tanks that have so far extracted a few hundred tons of lithium product from the mixture of hot water and mineral deposits that’s pumped up to the surface by a neighboring geothermal power plant. Simbol’s plant…

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