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The View From Above

  Videographer and Photographer Tristan Zhou is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of these images.  From the ‘Aerial’ gallery.  To see Tristan’s body of work, click on any photograph.                     All images © Tristan Zhou     See also: Gallery…

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The View From Above | Iceland

  Geologist, Pilot and Photographer Evan Anderman is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this aerial photography.  From his project ‘Arctic Impressions: Iceland‘.  To see Evan’s projects and archive click on any image.                       See also: Another Land By Evan Anderman    …

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Airports – The View From Above

  Architect,  Pilot, Author and Photographer Jeffrey Milstein is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of these aerial photographs.  These images are from his project ‘Airport‘.  To see Jeffrey’s body of work click on any image.                     See also: Aircraft By…

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ART Book Review | The Art of Buddhism: An Introduction to Its History and Meaning By Denise Patry Leidy

  Top to bottom full coverage of Buddhist art. This is one of the books to own if you have an interest in Buddhism or/and Buddhist art. 352 pages of numerous photographs and detailed information on the topic. The author has done a fantastic job covering such a broad subject.…

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Book Review | Gemstones Of The World By Walter Schumann

  If you have an interest in gemstones as a hobby or professionally, then this book is for you. This heavy average size book is stocked full of color photographs and very detailed information. Areas covered include: gemstones and their influence, terminology, origin and structure, properties of gemstones, deposits and…

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ART Book Review | Arts Of Africa | 7000 Years Of African Art By Curator Ezio Bassani

  Arts of Africa is a luxurious hardcover book that is an excellent display of the culture of Africa. 412 pages of large professional photographs and detailed information.The topics include: Ancient art, The Ancient Art of Nigeria, The Archaeological Excavations of Nigeria, At the Origins of Dogan Sculpture, African Ivories,…

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ART Book Review | African Masks: The Barbier-Mueller Collection

  I love masks. I have collected over 100 during my international travels. None of the masks in my collection are very expensive, but they are treasures to me. However, the 248 masks in the book African Masks-The Barbier -Muller collection are all museum quality. The collection was started in…

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Book Review | 300 Frogs | A Visual Reference To Frogs and Toads From Around The World By Chris Mattison

  Frogs and toads are a great to have walking and jumping around in a tropical garden. I like the sounds that toads make after a hard rain. I have an abundance of frogs and toads along with other creatures such as birds, squirrels, butterflies, snails, raccoons, opossums, rabbits, lizards,…

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Floating On A Cloud Above The Storm

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Way Of Energy Mastering the Chinese Art of Internal Strength with Chi Kung Exercise By: Master Lam Kam Chuen   “A fish is turning in the stream. Its weight is in the water; the fish itself is still. Like…

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Bird’s Eye View | Aerial Abstract Art

  Photographer JP and Mike Andrews @ Abstract Aerial Art are the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributors of these images.  To see JP & Mike’s body of work, click on any photograph.                     All images © JP and Mike Andrews  …

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The Bird’s Eye View | Kenya & Iceland

  Photographer Richard Konecky/Albumen Gallery is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this aerial photography.  From the ‘From Above’ series.  To see Richard’s body of work, click on any image.                   All images © Richard Konecky   Book By Richard Konecky/Albumen Gallery…

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Book Review | Japanese Death Poems | Written By Zen Monks And Haiku Poets On The Verge Of Death | Compiled And With An Introduction By Yoel Hoffmann

This is another outstanding collector’s book from Tuttle Publishing. If you are a poet, interested in Japanese history and culture, or love reading poetry (especially haiku) than this thick small size book is for you. The 100’s of poems included are thought-provoking and many times written just before death, by…

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Cookbook Review | Food Markets Of The World By Nelli Sheffer & Mimi Sheraton

  This book was hand-picked for review, from The Hermit Poet’s International Cookbook Collection.   Written by: Carioca Da Gema     “Tomate senhora, tomate!” Growing up, I frequently helped my grandmother when going to the street fresh market.  In Brazil, ‘feiras’ moved around the city, offering the residents everything…

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Book Review-The Penguin Book Of Zen Poetry Edited And Translated By Lucien Stryk And Takashi Ikemoto

I found this gem, from the 80’s, while dusting a couple of bookshelves, and trying to look busy cleaning my library for my wife. She can no longer help, because all the dust causes her to continually sneeze. It has been a long time since I read this book, but it…

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Naturally Good

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Bow To Life 365 Secrets From The Martial Arts For Daily Life By: Joseph Cardillo   Excerpt “Do good without thinking about it” (Page 199)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Most of us know what doing good means. There is no…

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Actions Not Words

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Lao-Tzu’s Tao Te Ching Translated by Red Pine With selected commentaries from the past 2000 years   #56 Excerpt “Those who know don’t talk those who  talk don’t know seal the opening close the gate dull the edge untie the…

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Perfection

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance An Inquiry Into Values By: Robert M. Persig   “An what is good, Phaedrus, And what is not good- Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?   Hermit Poet’s Comments: The…

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Catching The Moment

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Golden Age Of Zen The Classic Work On The Foundation OF Zen Philosophy     “An old pond. A frog jumps in: Plop!”   By: Basho 1644-1694 (Page184)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: The moment comes and goes, but still…

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Finding Your Own Way

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Comprehensive Applications of Shaolin Chin Na The Practical Defense Of Chinese Seizing Arts For All Styles By Dr. Yang, Jwing- Ming   “Remember, a truly wise man will not doubt himself and will not be confused by others. Build up…

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Reaching The Finish Line

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Root of Chinese QIGONG Secrets For Health, Longevity, & Enlightenment By: Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming   “If you want rice, you must first plant rice.” (Page 95)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Good things do not just happen in life.…

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Please Tell Me….. What Is The Truth?

  Nibbling On Western History, Quotations & Philosophy Series   Source: Sacred Places 101 Spiritual Sites Around The World By: Brad Olsen   “La verdad padece pero no perece.” Truth suffers but never perishes.” Mexican Proverb (Page 135)       Hermit Poet’s Comments: As much as governments try to…

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Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Tao of War The Martial Tao Te Ching ‘Translated By Ralph D. Sawyer   “Those who know men are wise; Who know themselves are enlightened.” (Except) (Page 140)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Controlling the mind is very difficult because…

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Just Zen

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Spirit of Zen By: Alan Watts     “An old pine preaches wisdom, And a wild bird is crying out Truth,” (Page 30)     Hermit Poet’s Comments:  I pull up carrots Tomorrow More carrots grow     The…

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Picking Only Ripe Fruit

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Taoist Yoga Alchemy & Immortality By:  LU K’UAN YU (Charles Luk)   “Let all thought come and go; awareness Of them without clinging is true training. All attachments are wrong whereas Inertness to false voidness leads.”     Hermit Poet’s…

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Follow This Way Or Get Out Of The Way

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Does It Matter? By: Alan Watts   “Suffering alone exists, none who suffer; The deed there is, but no doer thereof; Nirvana is, but no one seeking it; The path there is, but none who travel it.” (Page 110)  …

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Pulling Oneself Up From The Abyss

  Nibbling On Western History, Quotations & Philosophy Series   Source: Vagabonding An Uncommon Guide To The Art Of Long Term Travel By: Rolf Potts   “The man who is truly good and wise will bear with dignity whatever fortune sends, and will always make the best of his circumstances.”…

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Thorn And The Rose

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Kung Fu  Book Of Wisdom Sage Advice From The Original TV Series By Herbie J Pilato   “The thorn defends the rose. It harms only those who would steal the blossom from the plant.” -Master Kan, Episode 4 (Page…

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What A Story! | What A Story! | What A Story!

  Nibbling On Western History, Quotations & Philosophy Series   Source: Shadow Warrior Secrets of Invisibility Mind Reading Thought Control By: JOTARO   Rationalization is the process of explaining away the problem to oneself, to others, or to oneself through others. In its simplest form, this can involve the offering…

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Avoiding the Tornado

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Mind Fist The Asian Art of the Ninja Masters By: Dr. HAHA LUNG   “Fight only as a last resort. Let the enemy create your victory.” By: Cao Cao Chinese warlord and poet 155-220 (Page 87)     Hermit Poet’s…

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Licking Left Over Dew Off A Banana Leaf

  Nibbling On Western History, Quotations & Philosophy Series   Source: Mind Warrior Strategies For Total Mental Domination By Dr. HAHA LUNG with Christopher B. Prowant   “A fool begins by telling you what he knows and ends by telling you what he doesn’t know” By: Hannibal the Conqueror 247…

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Catching Bait Fish While Casting The Net

  Nibbling On Western History, Quotations & Philosophy Series   Source: Mind Manipulation Ancient and Modern Ninja Techniques By: Dr. HAHA LUNG Christopher Prowant     Words as Weapons “Many have fallen by the sword, but not as many as by the tongue.” Aprocrypha Sirach 18:18 (Page 94)    …

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Start Of A New Series | Nibbling On Western History, Quotations, & Philosophy Series

  Nibbling On Western History, Quotations, & Philosophy Series   Source: Mind And Nature A Necessary Unity By: Gregory Batson   “What I tell you three times is true” By: Lewis Carroll The Hunting of The Snark (Page 74)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Asking for the order at least three…

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Snapping The Rubber Band

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Tao Of Physics By Fritjof Capra   “A dog is not reckoned good because he barks well, and a man is not reckoned wise because he speaks skillfully.” (Page 101)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Do not only be an…

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Loaded Dice

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Hagakure The Book of the Samurai By: Yamamoto Tsunetomo (1659-1719) Translated by William Scott Wilson   “As everything in the world is but a sham, Death is the only sincerity.” (Page 149)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Unfortunately, even more today,…

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How To Be A Hermit #3

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Taoism: The Road To Immortality By: John Blofeld   “Under the cliff lives an ancient recluse; Pine and bamboo encompass his dwelling. Birds sing at dawn and at evening is heard The companionable roar of a cliff-dwelling tiger.” By: Wang…

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Chasing Ghosts or Guarding the Hen House

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Vital Point Strikes The Art And Science Of Vital Target Striking For Self Defense & Combat Sports By: Sang H. Kim   “Fear is an innate or learned emotional response to factual and imagined threats. Fear is a survival mechanism, and…

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Global Arms Trade | Nuclear Proliferation | State Of The Art Modern Caveman Weapons of Horror

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The I Ching  Book Of Changes The Richard Wilhelm translation from Chinese into German Rendered into English By Cary F. Baynes Originally Published late 9th century BC   ” The men of ancient times strung a piece of wood for…

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Same Same But Different or Just Same Same?

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Tao of Zen By: Ray Grigg   “Proper lightness…  springs from the root of heaviness. Proper action… springs from the root of stillness” By: Lao Tzu (Page 286)       Hermit Poet’s Comments:   The happy Buddha statue…

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Technological Improvements & Human Interactions

  Photographer, Book Artist, Fine Printmaker, Educator & Collaborator Eric Kunsman is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  From the project ‘PRIVATE | Now Back Go : Go Back | PRIVATE’.  To see Eric’s body of work, click on any image.          …

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Stepping Out Of Reality | Street Stories

  Street Photographer Daniel Castonguay is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay. To see Daniel’s body of work, click on any photograph.         Living in a great city, I was naturally driven to street photography and depicting the quotidian life in its simplest…

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Hold the Elevator Because I Missed The Train

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Zen Flesh Zen Bones A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings Compiled By Paul Reps     “Lightning flashes, Sparks shower. In one blink of your eyes You have missed seeing.” (Page 107)       Hermit Poet’s Comments: The…

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Become Like Bamboo That Dances With The Wind

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Spirit of Shaolin A Kung Fu Philosophy By: David Carradine     “Green plants are tender and filled with sap. At their death they are withered and dry. A tree that is unbending is easily broken.“ By: Lao Tzu (Page…

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It Is Written

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Way of the Bull Leo Buscaglia   “The only thing that is certain for us is change. To battle change is to waste our time; the battle can never be won. To become the willing ally of change is…

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Wear It To The End And Then Some

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Zen Buddhism Selected Writings Of D. T. Suzuki   “My robe is all worn out after so many years’ usage, And parts of it in shreds loosely hanging, have been          blown away to the clouds.” (Page…

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Soldiers’ Stories | Life After Iraq & Afghanistan

  Photographer Jim Lommasson is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From the book/project ‘Exit Wounds’.  To see Jim’s body of work, click on any image.   As a society, we need to understand that a consequence of sending soldiers to war is that the war…

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All The Same

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Alan Watts In My Own Way An Autobiography    “In the scene of spring there is nothing inferior, nothing superior; Flowering branches grow naturally, some short, some long.”   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Throughout the decades, while working and admiring; I…

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Have Or Have Not

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Zen Sand The Book Of Capping Phrases For Koan Practice Compiled, Translated and Annotated by Victor Sogen Hori   “When we meet, it is nothing really. But if you do not come, I think of you more.” (Page 369)  …

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My Tiny Slice Makes Me Feel Nice

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Yoga  Power and Spirit Patanjali the Shaman By: Alberto Villoldo PH. D   “Practice contentment. Accept all with grace and your happiness will be supreme.” (Page 42)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Know when you have enough and also be grateful…

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Of Course I Can Fly

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Instant Zen Waking Up in the Present Translated by Thomas Cleary   Excerpt “There is a road to emptiness; everyone arrives. Those who arrive realize the excellence of the aim.”     Hermit Poet’s Comments: What is the goal? Success…

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The Flip of a Coin

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Art of Pilgrimage The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred By: Phil Cousineau   “The beauty of the Way is that there is no way.” By Loy Ching- Yuen The Book of the Heart (Page 124)     Hermit…

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Pulling Weeds Or Raking Leaves | Does It Matter?

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Zen Koan By Isshuu Miura & Ruth Fuller Sasaki   “A skillful craftsman leaves no traces.” (Page 91)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: When working on a small or large task, do the best that you can and this will…

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Zen | Just Happens

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Complete Book Of Zen By: Wong Kiew Kit   “You yourself have probably had many encounter with Zen without consciously knowing it.” (Page 160)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: In bed, looking at my wife’s pretty face first thing when…

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Out Of Balance

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Tao of War By Wang Chen Translated  By Ralph D. Sawyer     Excerpt: #24 ” Those on tiptoe do not stand; Those striding do not walk. One who boasts lacks achievements; One who is arrogant does not long…

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Body & Mind

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding By Arnold Schwarzenegger     ” The human body was never designed for a sedentary lifestyle.  It was created to hunt saber-toothed tigers and walk forty miles a day. When we have no physical…

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Energy Through The Veins

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Intuition Knowing Beyond Logic By Osho   “Intuition is only a mirror. It does not create anything, it only reflects. It reflects that which is.” (Page 60)     Hermit Poet’s Comments: Intuition is not something that can be pushed…

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Who Is In Your Orbit?

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Ideals Of The Samurai Writings Of Japanese Warriors Translated and Introduction By William Scott Wilson   ” Just as water will conform to the shape of the vessel that contains it, so will a man follow the good and evil…

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Endless Chasing After Nothingness

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: An Introduction To Zen Training The Classic Text on Rinzai Zen Training By Omori Sogen Translated by Dogen Hosokawa and Roy Yoshimoto   “Crossing many mountains and rivers, Shall I some day reach land Where there is no loneliness? I…

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Flowers & Weeds

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Way Of Zen By Alan Watts   “The flowers depart when we hate to lose them; The weeds arrive while we hate to watch them grow.” (Page 124)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Sometimes life does not go our way.…

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Taste The Fruit

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: KODO Ancient Ways Lessons in the Spiritual Life of the Warrior/ Martial Artist By Kensho Furuya   “You can’t understand the world of the spirit, because you can’t let go of the materialistic world.” (Page 94)   Hermit Poet’s Comments:…

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Sleep

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: A Path To Oriental Wisdom By George Parulski, Jr   “Spring rain; How calmly  It falls.” (Page 154)   Hermit Poet’s Comments:  I love to sleep when the rain is lightly falling. Sleeping during this time is a major recharge…

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Acceptance

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Kundalini Rising Exploring The Energy Of Awakening Various Authors     “The light of the sun reveals all things, but the light of the sun can only reveal itself.” (Page 302)   Swami Shivanada Radha Thoughts on Kundalini   Hermit…

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The Box

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Ultimate Mind Control Asian Arts Of Mental Domination By Dr. HAHA LUNG   “All battles are first won in the mind.” By Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) (Page 177)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: How we think will effect our emotions, performance, health,…

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Crumbling From Within

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Tao Of Deception Unorthodox Warfare in Historic And Modern China By Ralph D. Sawyer   “In order to attack the strong you must nurture them to make them even stronger and increase them to make them even more extensive.…

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Smile

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Awaken Healing Energy Through The Tao By Mantak Chia   “In ancient China, the Taoists taught that a constant inner smile, a smile to oneself, insured health, happiness, and longevity.” (page 19)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Even during difficult times…

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Daily Life In Mexico | 1980s & 1990s

  Photographer, Artist and Educator Emily Matyas is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From the  book/project ‘Sol y Tierra | Sun and Earth’.  To see Emily ’s body of work, click on any image.                     All…

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Who Is The Boss?

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan By Shakta Kaur Khalsa   “The yogi developed their minds to be their servants, not their master. They did this through meditation.” (page 154)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: The mind will play tricks…

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The Hourglass

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series Source Zen In The Martial Arts By Joe Hyams   “Life unfolds on a great sheet called Time, and once finished it is gone forever.” Chinese Adage (page 41)     Hermit Poet’s Comments: Live in the moment and for the moment…

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MIGRATIONS By Sebastião Salgado | Photography Book Recommendation By Edge Of Humanity Magazine

  Like most of Salgado’s work, MIGRATIONS from the beginning, sets itself as a bible for documentary photography.  The black and white, high impact, historical images, makes a mark and stays with you, easily placing the viewer into the action, the struggles, the pain, and time in history. While exploring…

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Catch A Falling Star

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Zen Buddhism A History Japan By: Heinrich Dumoulin   ” For many years I dug the earth and searched for the blue heaven, And how often, how often did my heart grow heavier and heavier. One night, in the dark,…

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Consumed

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Secret Sexual Positions  Ancient Techniques For Modern Lovers By: Kenneth Ray Stubbs, Ph.D. Illustrated By: Kyle Spencer   ” Once the wheel of love has been set in motion, there is no absolute rule.” Kama Sultra (Page 17)   Hermit…

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Unwinding the Yarn

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Essential Tao An Initiation into the Heart of Taoism through the Authentic Tao Te Ching and the Inner Teachings of Chuang Tzu Translated & Presented By Thomas Cleary   “If you are at peace in your time and live…

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Push The Boulder Until It Moves………………. Then Keep Pushing

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Japanese Samurai Code Classic Strategies For Success By: Boye Lafayette De Mente Tuttle Publishing   “Determination is more important than wisdom or talent-“ By: Tsunetomo Yamamoto Samurai (1659-1719) (Page 127)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: I recommend you write the…

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New Start

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Budo Secrets Teachings of Martial Arts Masters John Stevens   River “This world’s dust and dirt flows away, all purified by the waves of Kamo River.”   By Otagaki Rengetsu Buddhist nun (1791-1875) (Page 94)     Hermit Poet’s Comments:…

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The Jungle

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: KI In Daily Life By: Koichi Tohei   “Do not give in to your surroundings. The difference between a wise man and a mediocre man is the difference between a man who uses an environment and one who lets his…

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Refresh

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Tao  The Watercourse Way By: Alan Watts With the collaboration of Al Chung- Liang Huang   “(As I ) sit quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes and grass grows itself.”   Quoted in Zenrin Kushu (Ch’an Ling Chu Chi) (page 43)…

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Sowing Seeds

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Mystics and Zen Masters By: Thomas Merton    Excerpt “Whatever is cultivated rightly, will surely grow. Whatever is not cultivated rightly must surely perish.” (page 67)     Hermit Poet’s Comments: What comes into our mind will direct how we…

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Polishing the Stone

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Mind Power Secret Strategies for the Martial Arts Achieving power by Understanding the Inner Workings of the Mind By: Kazumi Tabata Tuttle Publishing   “To control the mind and attain tranquility, you must eradicate negative thoughts from your mind. Negative…

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Mettle

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Samurai Wisdom Lessons From Japan’s Warrior Culture Five Classic Texts On Bushido Translated By: Thomas Cleary Tuttle Publishing   ” The emptiness of the sky lets the birds fly, The breadth of the sea sets the fish free- A man…

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Exotic Tropical Bromeliad Plant Pups FOR SALE | Continuously Updated

    Hello I’m an exotic tropical plant collector. The plants I sell come from my tropical garden. I provide healthy plants at a very affordable price.     I ship all plants on Monday or Tuesday so they arrive before the weekend.  Bromeliads are very hardy plants, but they are LIVE plants.  Please make sure they are out of…

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The Performance

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Awakening of Zen By: Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki    “Oh! ancient pond! A frog leaps in, The water’s sound!” By: Basho (1644-1694) (Page 71)     Hermit Poet’s Comments: Listen and carefully observe nature and even the simplistic things are…

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Chasing Butterflies

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Shopping For Buddhas By: Jeff Greenwald   ” Human desires are endless. It is like the thirst of a man who drinks salt water: he gets no satisfaction and his thirst is only increased.” By: BUKKYO DENDO KYOKAI The Teaching…

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The Tornado Inside Our Head

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: When Buddhists  Attack The Curious Relationship Between Zen And The Martial Arts By: Jeffery K. Mann Tuttle Publishing   ” I do not know the way to defeat others, but the way to defeat myself.” By: Yagyu Munenori (1671-1646) (Page…

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Floating

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Tao Te Ching Lao Tzu Zen Teachings on the Taoist Classic Takuan Soho Translated by Thomas Cleary   #78 Excerpt “Nothing in the world is softer and more yielding than water, yet nothing can surpass it in attacking the firm…

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Away From It All

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Four Huts Asian Writings on the Simple Life Translated by Burton Watson   QUIET DAYS ON MOUNT HINO “Now that I’ve reached the age of sixty, when life fades quickly as dew, I’ve put together a lodging for my final days.…

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Feast On The Moment

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Zen And Japanese Culture By: Daisetz T. Suzuki   “The pine tree lives for a thousand years, The morning-glory but for a single day; Yet both have fulfilled their destiny.” (381)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Every breath is in the…

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Slice and Dice | Just A Bit

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Budo Mind and Body Training Secrets of the Japanese Martial Arts By: Nicklaus Suino   “Perceiving what is right, and not doing it, argues lack of courage” By: Confucius (page 55)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: In today’s fast passed competitive…

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Green Shoots

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Tao Te Ching By: Lao Tzu Translated By Stephen Mitchell   #76 Excerpt ” Men are born soft and supple; dead, they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry.”    …

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Squeeze The Sponge

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Tao Of Jeet Kune Do By Bruce Lee   ” Sharpen the psychic power of seeing in order to act immediately in accordance with what you see. Seeing takes place in the inner mind.” (Page 203)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Logic…

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Zazen

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Wholehearted Way A Translation of Eihei Dogan’s Bendowa Translated by Shohaku Okumura and Taigen Daniel Leighton Tuttle Publishing   “ Just sit, dropping off body and mind.” (page 98)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: “Candle burns”   The Wholehearted Way…

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Chasing After The Prize

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Zen Keys By: Thich Nhat Hanh   (Excerpt) ” The giant bird has gone thousands of miles to reach the southern sea and then regrets the long distance traveled.” (page 173)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: How many times have you…

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Open Spigot

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Book Of Equanimity Illuminating Classic Zen Koans By: Gerry Shishin Wick   ” Seeking it oneself with empty hands, you return with empty hands; in that place where fundamentally nothing is acquired, you really acquire it.” By Master Keizan…

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Kindness

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Eihei Dogen Mystical Realist The Classic Introduction To Dogen’s Life And Teaching By: Hee-Jin Kim (Excerpt) ” Loving speech means that as you meet sentient beings, you first arouse the sense of compassion in your mind and treat them with…

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Creative Analysis & Keep Going Until Drop

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Samurai Strategies 42 Martial Secrets From Musashi’s Book Of Five Rings By: Boye Lafayette De Mente Tuttle Publishing   Chapter 40 Excerpt “the head of the rat and the neck of the bull”  This saying is a reference to the…

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Slowly Cooking The Soup

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Taoist Classics The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary Volume Two   The Book of Balance and Harmony By Taoist Master Li Daoqun (thirteenth-century) Translated by: Thomas Cleary (1) The Source Message Of The Mystic School “When you are calm and stable,…

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Is It All The Same?

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Guiding Light of Lao Tzu By Henry Wei   Says Lao Tzu: “Misfortune is what fortune leans on; Fortune is where misfortune conceals itself. Who can know the ultimate result?” (page 115)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: I like the…

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