momentariness and fluidity


There is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity. But the contradiction lies a little deeper than the mere conflict between the desire for security and the fact of change. If I want to be secure, that is, protected from the flux of life, I am wanting to be separate from life. Yet it is this very sense of separateness which makes me feel insecure. To be secure means to isolate and fortify the “I,” but it is just the feeling of being an isolated “I” which makes me feel lonely and afraid. In other words, the more security I can get, the more I shall want.

Alan Watts


Alan Wilson Watts was a British writer and speaker known for interpreting and popularising Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York.

From Chicken Buddy Hall to Sernity | Matsumura Ungai


One of Tsukamoto’s mentees was Matsumura Ungai. When Ungai was twenty (1890) he left for Kyoto. And on Tsukamoto’s recommendation he was accepted by grand old master painter Mori Kansai (1814-1894). After Kansai’s death Ungai continued with Suzuki Shonen (1849-1918), who was young, hip, and successful.

Tsukamoto kept on being supportive. He and later his sons purchased many of the scrolls on their frequent trips to Kyoto and to Ungai’s studio. The Gokasho Merchant Museum showed a retrospective in 2000. And most of some seventy scrolls in the show came from the private Tsukamoto collection.

Two seals reveal two aspects of Ungai’s personality. The rural, simple, and cheerful upbringing – Dwelling in the Chicken Buddy Hall – and his serene, solemn, and sophisticated later live – An unattached life is like the wind and the water flowing through stones”, a line from a longer poem by Song-Dynasty poet Su Shi. 
Muramatsu Ungai (1870-1926)

Grieving for the future ~ Abuelo Norte Scandal Sheet


“Only $4,195 to hike Baldy 5 times and camp in the Upper River Run parking lot”

el Abuelo Norte

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

With all the talk of a tent city springing up in Ketchum, the canvas tents that popped up in the Upper River Run parking lot and an empty lot at the base of Bald Mountain Monday might have given passersby a start. Are city fathers renting out tents to workers this summer? Is it just a way to determine what a tent city in the shadow of a world-class ski mountain would look like? Or are hotels so full proprietors are going to offer tent lodging for tourists, complete with the foot-thick mattresses and comforters in each? Actually, the tent city is part of 29029 everesting, a monumental challenge designed for those who believe challenging things change us. Loading
Participants will be greeted by a mattress, bed linen, lanterns and pillows. The four-day event is expected to bring more than a hundred competitors and their families to Sun Valley from Thursday through Monday, June 17-21. Competitors will leave base camp at 5,750 feet and race up the mountain about 15 times to climb the equivalent of Mount Everest which, at 29,029 feet, is the world’s tallest mountain. They will ride the gondola down after each summit.(The gondola will open to the public June 26.) Participants have all sorts of reasons for taking part. One woman told everesting that her husband passed away in January after being diagnosed with ALS. She signed up to give her something to focus on to work through the grief. Loading
Tents were erected in tidy fashion. Another woman said she is doing it to prove that she is stronger and more fit—and to have fun. A man said he was attempting to be the best he can be for the rest of his life after his father’s death by heart attack shook him to his core. And a woman who will be coming to Sun Valley from Atlanta is doing it as part of a pandemic health plan that included losing 45 pounds and reducing her elevated blood pressure. Additional 29029 events have been held in Vermont and Snowbasin, Utah. Split evenly between men and women, the average age of past events is well over 40, according to Bloomberg. Many participants are entrepreneurs or corporate managers for companies like Goldman Sachs and Bank of New York Mellon Corp. While some have a few marathons behind them, for most this is a new frontier. Loading
Some will spend their mountaineering experience at a slightly higher elevation in the River Run parking lot. But—no fear! Everesting provides them with a 20-week pre-climb program.


Fantastic / Memory Lane and accurate comment from The Fall Creek Monk
concerning : 29029 Everesting
Abuelo del norte


This is spooky !
Do all those tents look like spawn from an old tent camp in an aspen grove
near Marble Colorado years ago ?
“Those of you who want to go run a couple a miles and jump into a freezing stream
go with Matt. If you want to go look at some flowers and birds, come with me (Fred Wright)”.

Those old wall tents were rich with romance.  I hope the Everesters convening in SV
avoid love blisters and attain a glimpse of liberation !
(I am happy they are staying on the Baldy service roads).
Will there be time for Shopping ? Yoga ? Massage ?  Boinking your guide ?
Remember, Lycra is a privilege, not a right.

‘Be brave comrades’

PS…How do the residents in the nearby townhouse feel about looking out at a refugee camp ?

Fall Creek – Roaring Fork Monk

John Nichols

Illistrtion by John Nichols

Had forgotten how well the Nichols novel was put together. Right up there, maybe better than his first of the New Mexico trilogy, The Milagro Beanfield War. A great summer read or any season …


Nichols and rŌbert at the Brodksy Book Store in Taos awhile back

Who are you waiting for? | Fudeya Tokan


.A small port town in Hokkaido some twenty miles north-west of Sapporo offered an abundance of activities like fishing, farming, and mining. But for a young Artist like Fudeya Tokan this was not inspiring enough to stay. So Tokan left for Tokyo which was the complete opposite of his native Otaru. In 1900 he graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (Nihon Bijutsu Gakko), where he studied under two Nihonga legends: Hashimoto Gaho (1835-1908) and later under Gaho’s former student Yokoyama Taikan (1968-1958).

The balance in composition, the boldness of perspective and delicate coloring not only show the influence of Tokan’s teachers, but also the steps he has taken in finding his own way of painting. Roberts in his Dictionary of Japanese Artists writes, that Tokan “tended to paint rather romantic scenes from Japanese legends“. One of these “rather romantic scenes” is depicted in the present painting. A ferry man sitting in his boat waiting. The palanquin is empty. Who is he waiting for?
Fudeya Tokan (1875-1950)