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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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Faces Seen From Above | Aerial Photography

  Artist Director and Aerial Photographer Marcin Giba is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of these images.  From the ‘Minimal, Animal, Faces’ series.  To see Marcin’s body of work, click on any photograph.             I started this cycle at the end of 2020 with…

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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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Living Faith | Inside the Muslim World of Southeast Asia | Steve Raymer | Photography Book Recommendation By Edge of Humanity Magazine

    Written by Joelcy Kay Editor & Curator of Edge of Humanity Magazine Curator of NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY   Leading the book’s foreword is an architectural image featuring the top of buildings under a bluish gray sky (pp.14-15). The old architectural style of the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station…

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The Cracks

  Fine Art Aerial Photographer Daniel Franc is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of these images.  From the series ‘What is Between the Worlds?’.  To see Daniel’s body of work, click on any image.           What is Between the Worlds? I imagine this as a…

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The Mood Of The Moment

  Artwork By DANIEL CASTONGUAY    “Being a street photographer is above all playing a role in the urban life framework, contribute to its vivacity, its pace and almost belonging to a chaotic scenario. To me, street photography is more than a “picture making business“, it’s being part of a continuous…

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Short Story | The Choker Alone

  Written by Colin Turner    The choker alone betrayed her identity.  Otherwise, I wouldn’t have recognized her.  Many years earlier, she had worn nothing else. Without a pendant or piece of frill, the collar was stark.  Like an armband, it might have memorialized a death.  The mouth above it, however,…

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Nigerian Youth | The Struggle For Better Opportunities

  Written by Chukwu Christian Onyemaechi   NARRATIVES TO ILLEGAL MIGRATION AMONGST YOUNG PEOPLE IN NIGERIA In recent times, the number of people especially the youths who either by hook or by crook, try to cross over into America and Europe, has skyrocketed astronomically. Due to bad governance, autocracy, nepotism, ethnic…

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Perceptions Of Our External World

  Artwork By Edgar Invoker   Edgar is an artist working at the intersection of abstraction and surrealism, which is true not only in relation to his style of painting, but also relates to the topic of his research. Being passionate about painting since early years he successfully graduated from…

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FEATHERFOLIO

  Artwork By Chris Maynard   Chris developed a method of backing feathers with pressure, glues, and papers so the feathers can be carved and still retain their stability. What the viewer sees is the natural feather. He uses naturally shed feathers which mean that a bird that donated a feather…

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Divided Soul By David Alan Harvey | Photography Book Recommendation By Edge of Humanity Magazine

Divided Soul is a collection of images from the Hispanic part of the world. Examples of countries include. Brazil, Cuba, Chile , and Mexico. David Alan Harvey has photographed for National Geographic and is a member of Magnum agency. The book is hardcover and is 159 pages long.  The dimensions…

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 “I want you to respect me as a person but please choke, slap, bite, spank, restrain and call me a dirty slut…”

  Written by Lay Sion Ng @ Issues Under Tissues Chinese Malaysian, American Literature at Osaka University, Japan.   Beyond Theory and Politics: Feminist Fantasy of Submission    “I want you to respect me as a person but please choke, slap, bite, spank, restrain and call me a dirty slut…

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An Artist’s Story | Holocaust, Family & Art

  Artist Geoffrey Laurence is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this essay.  From ‘THE HOLOCAUST SERIES’.  To see Geoffrey’s body of work, click on any image.         In writing about the reasoning behind my making the ongoing series of paintings that form under the heading…

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The Mood Of The Moment

  Artwork By DANIEL CASTONGUAY    “Being a street photographer is above all playing a role in the urban life framework, contribute to its vivacity, its pace and almost belonging to a chaotic scenario. To me, street photography is more than a “picture making business“, it’s being part of a continuous…

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Feminism | Then & Now

Written by Lay Sion Ng @ Issues Under Tissues Chinese Malaysian, American Literature at Osaka University, Japan.   To Feminism or Not to Feminism: Problems with the word “feminism”   Recently, the word “feminism” has become a hot topic as many find it implies more negative connotations than positive. Those…

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Religion & Science

  Photographer Madhur Dhingra is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  From the book/project ‘Entangled | Chapter #1 | Śūnyatā ( སྟོང་པ་ཉིད ) – The Ultimate Void ’.  To see Madhur ’s body of work, click on any image.     These images are a part…

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Welsh Miners | 1977

  Documentary Photographer David Wright is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  From the project ‘Welsh Miners – 1977 – The end of an era‘ .  To see David’s body of work, click on any image.   My name is David Gilbert Wright. I am English and was…

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Agent Orange: Collateral Damage in Vietnam By Philip Jones Griffiths | Photography Book Recommendation By Edge of Humanity Magazine

Agent Orange is a very difficult book to look at. However, it is necessary to view a least once to see the horror of agent orange used during the Vietnam war. The book is divided by areas sprayed with herbicides in South Vietnam, the photographs, the story of agent orange,…

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Frugal

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Wisdom of Kung Fu By Michael Minick   “To nourish the heart there is nothing better than to make desires few” By: Mencius (372-289 BC)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Frugal simple living without chasing after the latest and greatest …

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Collecting Happiness

  Nibbling On Western History, Quotations & Philosophy Series   Source: In Search OF Adventure A Wild Travel Anthology Written and Compiled by Bruce Northam and Brad Olsen   “I have always been consumed with one desire: to touch and see as much as possible of the earth and sea…

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Simplicity

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The True Dharma Eye Zen Master Dogen’s Three Hundred Koans Translated By Kazuaki Tanahasi and John Daido Loori    ” The white clouds are rootless, the summer breeze has no color. Filling the canopy of sky, limitless, and trackless, supporting…

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Anxiety & Depression Beasts

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Zen Teaching Of Bodhidharma Translated By Red Pine   ” When delusions are absent, the mind is the land of Buddhas. When delusions are present, the mind is hell.”   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Practicing mindfulness and meditation can help…

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Hard Work & Tenacity

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Warrior Of Zen The Diamond-hard Wisdom Mind Of Suzuki Shosan Edited, translated, and introduced by Arthur Braverman   “If you try for quick results, you’ll only regress”   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Most good things in our life take hard work…

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I Like To Try New Things

  Nibbling On Western History, Quotations & Philosophy Series   Source: A Chakra & Kunalini Workbook By: Dr John Mumford (Swami Anandakapila  Saraswati)   “The reward of a thing well done is having done it.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)     Hermit Poet’s Comments: Many times people pass on doing something…

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NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY | FEATHERFOLIO

  Featherfolio By Chris Maynard   Chris developed a method of backing feathers with pressure, glues, and papers so the feathers can be carved and still retain their stability. What the viewer sees is the natural feather. He uses naturally shed feathers which mean that a bird that donated a feather…

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Silent Illumination

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Method Of No-Method The Chan Practice Of Silent Illumination By: Chan Master Sheng Yen     “The water is so clear, transparent to the bottom. Late, late, fishes have yet to appear. The sky is so vast, without boundaries,…

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What is a Rewarding Life?

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The New Meditation Handbook By: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso   “Become rich with inner wealth of wisdom and compassion” (Page 78)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Peace comes with a simple, giving, frugal life.    The New Meditation Handbook: Meditations to Make…

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Easy On The Hot Sauce

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: World Stompers A Guide To Travel Manifesto By: Brad Olsen     “Adopt the holy man credo: never take life too seriously. If a setback does occur, just remember, tomorrow is another day.” (Page 74)     Hermit Poet’s Comments:…

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Water

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Wisdom of the Taoists By: D. Howard Smith   “The highest excellence is like water. The excellence of water lies in its capacity to benefit all things without striving. Because of this it resembles the Tao.”   Hermit Poet’s…

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Picking The Fruits Of Knowledge

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Ideals Of The Samurai Writings Of Japanese Warriors Translation and Introduction By: William Scott Wilson   “Learning is to a man as leaves and branches are to a tree, and it can be said that he should simply not be…

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Kundalini |The Search For Liberation

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Kundalini The Arousal of the Inner Energy By: Ajit Mookerjee   “The Kundalini, in the form of latency, is coiled like a serpent. One who impels  this sakti to move will attain liberation.”   Hathayoga-pradipika, Chap. 3 v. 108  …

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Simple Practice

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Zen Buddhism: A History India And China By: Heinrich Dumoulin   “When hunger comes., I eat my rice. When sleep comes I close my eyes. Fools laugh at me, but The wise man understands.” By: Lin- chi 866 CE (Page…

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Strategy

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Miyamto Musashi  (1584-1645) His Life and Writings By: Kenji Tokitsu Translated By Sherab Chodzin Kohn    “The Way Of Looking In Strategy” Excerpt “Your look must be broad and ample. Looking and seeing are two different things. Look powerfully, see…

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The Shyster

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Classics of Buddhism and Zen The collected Translations Of Thomas Cleary Volume Five The Buddhist I Ching   “There are rags in fine cloth-be alert all the time.” (Page 372)     Hermit Poet’s Comments: A polished nicely dressed well-spoken…

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Time Lost?

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Classics of Buddhism and Zen The Collected Translations of  Thomas Cleary Volume Four Unlocking The Zen Koan A New Translation of the Zen Classic Wumenguan   “A flash of lightening. A flint struck spark; If you blink your eyes, You’ve…

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Impermanence

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Classics of Buddhism and Zen The Collective Translations of Thomas Cleary Volume Three Rational Zen The Mind of Dogen Zenji   “The autumn colors of the thousand peaks are dyed with seasonal rain; How could the hard rock on the…

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Same Same

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Mud & Water The collected Teachings Of Zen Master Bassui (1327-1387) Translated By Arthur Braverman    Excerpt ” There is no ice or snow apart from water“   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Calm Mind=Relaxed Body   Mud and Water: The Teachings…

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High Heat | Pot Of Water Boils Over | Unleashing Anger

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Diamond Sutra Text And Commentaries Translated From Sanskrit And Chinese By Red Pine    “Anger is the fire of the mind/ it can destroy a forest of merit” By Cold Mountain Poet 9th Century      Hermit Poet’s Comments:…

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Fly Away On A Natural High Carpet Ride

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Zen Buddhism In The 20th Century By: Heinrich Dumoulin   Translated By Joseph  S. O’Leary “The Eastern self is grounded in itself and transcends all human capacities and activities, especially consciousness, intellectual thinking, and representing. “ (Page 43)   Hermit…

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Hard Manual Labor

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Zen’s Chinese Heritage The Masters and Their Teachings By: Andy Ferguson   “How miraculous and wondrous, Hauling water and carrying firewood.” (Page 108)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: Manual work in the garden brings me great joy. Chopping, trimming, digging, planting,…

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Let The Walls Tumble Down

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: The Heart Sutra Translation And Commentary by Red Pine “without walls of the mind and thus without fears” (Page 134)   Hermit Poet’s Comments: We alone create fear in our mind. Over and over we bring on anxiety because of…

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A Beautiful Day

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: Zen Baggage A Pilgrimage to China By: Bill Porter Also known as Red Pine   Excerpt “When your mind dwells nowhere no corrupting thoughts arise when you don’t cling to the world suffering and joy have no place to grow”…

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America | The Rudderless Ship

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source: WEN-TZU Understanding the Mysteries Further teachings of Lao- Tzu Translated by Thomas Cleary     #154 Lao-Tzu said: Excerpt “What enables a nation to survive is attainment of the Way; what causes a nation to perish is obstruction of reason.”…

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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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