Happy Wu Wei, 2018

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Out walking this afternoon, contemplating the bridge between this year and next, I spotted this image on the Mission Street bridge where it spans the 280 freeway…

Wu wei made me grab my phone and snap a shot…

Perfect to spot this scene on a bridge, this mosaic of worlds above and below, a pure white middle way between them, a bridge bordering both…

Always best to mind the middle, even in 2018…



Merry Enlightenment

IMG_20171214_135146186From ancient China to modern-day  San Francisco, here’s wishing everyone a very Buddha Christmas… May all our hopes and dreams appear as simply as our breath, and may we all keep breathing…

Asian Vienna in San Francisco

IMG_20171214_125445491Went to see the Gustov Klimt exhibit at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor….  Loved this painting of Maria Munk, a painting Klimt had felt was unfinished….  Indeed, the top of the painting is far more rendered with texture and paint than the bottom, much of which seems to be simply charcoal on paper…  But what Klimt saw as imperfect, as incomplete, is, perhaps inadvertently, perfectly complete – an Austrian example of Japanese wabi sabi…. It’s perceived flaw, its unfinished effort, thematically scores its sad beauty, especially when one considers that the model, Maria Munk, had taken her life at age twenty-four…. Her own unfinished, incomplete life is tragically displayed by Klimt’s “unfinished” effort.


Wabi Sabi Yo


In Zen-bending Japan, the idea of a “rustic, withered loneliness” turned romantic over time, adapting into an appreciation of flaws, a respect for spontaneous error.

American writer Ernest Hemingway urged fellow writers to imbue their characters with lots of flaws, the more the better; and the more real their characters seemed.

The Bible introduced a God willing to forgive our faults and flaws, someone to love us unconditionally, no matter our transgressions.

And the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi accepts the flaws in our efforts, appreciates them as examples of wu wei, as examples of unintended action, and then celebrates them — raising them to the level of art.