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Photography

Photography Video: The Ferryboat to the Free Land

The Shin Buddhists talk about the ferryboat that takes one to the Free Land - heaven on earth. With every photograph I take, I ask whether this is a ferryboat: Can it help the viewer reach the Free Land?
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“Photography: Finding the Spirit”

We look at a sunset and the spirit is obvious to us. If we look at someone’s shoe, it seems so much harder to find. But is still there. It is just as obvious, if you know how to really Look.
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“On Darkroom Techniques”

There is a great difference between a flower growing in the garden and a cut flower, however ikebana-displayed, in a vase. They may superficially look the same, but only one has an Inner Flame, is in its own way embracing and exulting life.

I feel it is the same with photography.

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“From Kensho to Satori”

The Japanese word kensho is used in Zen in the sense of “seeing one’s own true nature,” the Buddha-Nature. Coming to the realization that one is a Buddha, and that all are Buddhas: Buddhas, Buddhas – everywhere!

It is always my hope that a sufferer looking at my painting or photograph will suddenly have this epiphany, this enlightenment.

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“The Spiritual in Photography”

Whatever you memorialize (a far better word than take) is Spirit in that particular form. The more you Know that, the more will the viewer.

And the very reason for photography is that the viewer will thus become Aware of the Spiritual dimension of life.

Your supposed choice of subject, of framing, of all the technical details, was not your choice, but that of your Guiding Forces.

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“The Ultimate Task of the Photographer”

Look at this rose I’m holding. 
Do you see it as an Instance of God? 
No, you reply. 
So let me turn it around, just a little. 
Now do you see it as God? 
Yes! I do. 

The rose hasn’t changed, only your perception of it, as a result of my re-orienting it to you – of re-orienting you to it.

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“The Healer As Photographer”

All healing, whatever the particular modality employed, has two phases.

First, Inspiration: the Spirit, chi, entering down into the healer. The passive phase as the subject is viewed. And then the active phase: Aspiration. The Spirit returning to Whence as the shutter is pressed.

The healer as photographer, and the photographer as healer, with every cycle of Inspiration-Aspiration can help heal all – including his camera.

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“Photography for Healing”

When I photograph, I am Aware of my auric field and the camera's as one, and then ours as one with the subject. I travel through the lens to enter into the subject, to become One.
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“The Importance of the Tripod”

There are a number of reasons why I use a tripod for my “serious” – that is healing – photography.
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