"The Buddha said it in absolutely simple terms: 'This is, because that is.'
This refers to the manifestation of phenomena on the basis of the law of interdependent origination...
In Buddhist teaching, nothingness is only a concept, and it is never applicable to reality. The Buddha said, 'When conditions are sufficient, the thing manifests, and when they are not sufficient, the thing remains hidden.' There is neither birth nor death. There is only manifestation, appearance.
Concepts like birth and death, being and nonbeing, are not applicable to reality. The wave on the water is free from birth and death. It is free from being and nonbeing. The wave is the wave."
Thich Nhat Hanh, You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment
I loved watching this film last night. The dynamic between the father/teacher and the reluctant student/son is fascinating. The son doubts and doubts and doubts for years until he finally seems to become a believer.
It is also interesting to think about the Dzogchen community that follows the father and wonder how they are approaching practice. It seems that most come to Buddhism seeking solace from their troubles. What is it that they find there?
My Reincarnation - Festival Trailer (by Jennifer Fox)
I love this image of my daughter ice skating. Her face looks like pure joy.
Artist Simon Beck must really love the cold weather! Along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France, he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields! The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from higher levels.