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Photography

“A Basic Role of the Photographer”

A basic role of the photographer as healer: to proclaim for us that this rock, this tree, whatever, is Spirit as matter. That we may Know this of ourselves, and then of all.
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“Beauty, Blessedness, Belovedness”

“They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty.”
—Oscar Wilde

There must be infinite, ever-ascending stages of high Life Energy and many names we could use for The Feeling, for God, for Belovedness. One very high stage in particular I have delineated is that of Beauty—to be able to look at anything, even a blank wall, and feel deeply in your heart, to know at the very core of your existence, that it is Beautiful.

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“The True Photographer”

The True Photographer worships Light.
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“The Art of Relationship”

The art of photography is the art of relationship. I take very many pictures, and I love to do so because I love the relating.
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“A Momentary Revelation of the Universal Unity”

For me taking a photograph is a momentary revelation of an instance of the universal unity. The subject and I are one.
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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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