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    Green Koans Case 38: Ajaan Lee Refuses to Bow Paid Member

    Case 38: Ajaan Lee Refuses to Bow     Phra Ajaan Lee once passed the rainy season among the remote hill tribes of central Thailand. One night when he was feeling ill, he dozed off for a moment. A woman dressed in white appeared, followed by two girls and carrying a white flag covered with Chinese characters.    “I am the queen of the deities,” she told Ajaan Lee. “If you live here, you have to bow down to me.”    “I wasn't willing to bow down, seeing as I was a monk,” Ajaan Lee wrote later. “Still, she insisted. We had a long argument, but I stood firm. Finally she left the hut, climbed the hill and disappeared. I meditated in comfort for the rest of the night.”BACKGROUND: More »
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    Green Koans Case 37: Myoe's Letter to Japan Paid Member

    CASE #37:    Myōe’s Letter to Japan The monk Myōe wrote a letter to the Island of Japan: More »
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    Green Koans Case 36: P'ang Splits Wood Paid Member

    CASE #36:    P’ang Splits Wood Layman P’ang wrote: My daily activities are not unusual,I’m just naturally in harmony with them.Grasping nothing, discarding nothing.In every place there’s no hindrance, no conflict.My supernatural power and marvelous activity:Drawing water and chopping wood. More »
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    Green Koans Case 35: Into the Wild Paid Member

    CASE #35:    Into the Wild In the Buddhacarita, the Indian monk Ashvaghosha wrote: Seeing for the first time the royal highway,so crowded with respectful citizens,dressed in clean and dignified clothes,the prince rejoiced somewhat and thoughthe was in some way born again. But seeing that city as joyous as paradise,gods residing in the pure realmcreated an old man in order to inducethe son of the king to go forth. More »
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    Starn Studio Statement on the Carbon Printing Process Paid Member

    The carbon process is one of a family of historic photo processes, which rely on the ability of aluminum or potassium dichromate to harden gelatin when exposed to ultra violet light. The process was first invented in 1855 by Louis Alphonse Poitevin Poitevin produced monochrome prints made with carbon black pigment, giving the process its name. In 1862 Louis Ducos Du Hauron created the earliest color prints by combining multiple layers of gelatin made with colored pigments. Because it is a pigment process, carbon prints are the most archivally stable color prints available, and are capable of unparalleled depth and saturation. This depth is enhanced by the relief effect, which is created by the layering of the gelatin tissues. More »
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    Green Koans Case 34: Keeping It Simple Paid Member

    CASE #34:    Keeping It SimpleMaster Chu-hung said to Layman Liu Lo-yang of Su-Chou, “Because it is simple, those of high intelligence overlook it.” More »