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    Afterword Paid Member

    Mind—Les Levine Media Project was a project in three parts: 52 “See Your Mind” billboards, 5,000 Mind boxes in a shopping mall, and a television spot—all in the city of Langenhagen, Germany, in November, 1995. The boxes were sold and the money donated to a fund for Bosnian children. On the top of the box are the words “This box is empty,” on the bottom, “This box is form.” In 1965, Les Levine became the first artist to produce art videos. In 1970 he founded the Museum of Mott Art in Langenhagen, Germany. His work has been seen in hundreds of individual and group exhibitions all over the world. More »
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    The Duck Call Paid Member

    The following story is based on a Chinese Buddhist scripture called Bayu-jing, or The One Hundred Parable Sutra. It was originally translated from Sanskrit into Chinese in 492 C.E. by Gunavriddi, a Buddhist teacher from central India. Translated into English for the first time by Kazuaki Tanahashi and retold by Peter Levitt, this story is part of their manuscript, "The One Hundred Parable Sutra: Stories of Ancient Fools for Today." The Duck Call More »
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    Some Things You Can't Let Go Of Paid Member

    In his mid thirties, the artist Frank Moore learned that he was HIV positive. His paintings took a new direction: “AIDS came to the fore,” he explained, “simply because it was affecting every aspect of my life.” When he was very near death, after a long struggle with the illness, Moore painted two works (“Everything I Own I” and “Everything I Own II”) based on the Buddhist mandala mudra, in which the entire physical universe is symbolically offered to the enlightened Buddhas and teachers. Traditionally, the practitioner holds a handful of rice in his palms and releases the mudra, symbolizing the relinquishment of all attachments. In Moore’s two paintings, the rice grains are replaced by the actual objects he held dear: his New York farmhouse, his clothes, his refrigerator. More »
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    Parting Words Fall 2005 Paid Member

    A religious act is performed out of good motivation with sincere thought for the benefit of others. Religion is here and now in our daily lives. If we lead that life for the benefit of the world, this is the hallmark of a religious life. This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple; your philosophy is simple kindness. — His Holiness the Dalai Lama From How to Expand Love, © 2005 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Jeffrey Hopkins. Reprinted with permission of Atria Books. Image 1: © Don Farber, taken at Bokar Monastery, Mirik, India, 1997 More »
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    Countdown to the New Millennium: How Many Breaths Do You Have Left? Paid Member

    If you thought focusing on your breath to the count of ten was hard, consider the roughly 770,000 breaths you have left from Thanksgiving Day until the end of the millennium. A person breathes on average 15 times a minute, 900 times in an hour, 21,600 times a day—that’s 151,200 breaths drawn in a week. Here’s how many breaths you can expect to take depending on what you’re doing: More »
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    The Cloud of God Paid Member

    It's just a little Shinto shrine: a strong woman could pick it up and carry it away. It sits in a niche in a wall on a nondescript corner of an alley in Kyoto that I pass by every morning, in an otherwise soulless neighborhood of the kind often seen around train stations in cities, especially that early in the day: monolithic apartment blocks, closed-up shops, empty streets. More »