David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

08 January 2016


From time to time bLOGOS/HA HA refers to the "Two Truths" : co-existing relative truth (self and other; dualism) and absolute truth (emptiness of inherence) 
Elvis & The Two Truths 
'The Act of Looking' as a Verb 
emptyful labeLABELabel practice - A Praise to the Two Truths : Ethel Spowers / BLACK BATS / Melbourne
We've just read a most succinct expression of this by Seth Segall at The Existential Buddhist.

In On Hakuin, Hotei, and Mice, he writes :
There’s a Zen story about Hotei. When asked “What’s the significance of Zen?” he put his sack down on the ground. When then asked “What’s the actualization of Zen?” he picked his sack back up and walked away. Clever Hotei! The very essence of Zen — letting go and dropping off whatever we’re holding. The very actualization of Zen — drawing water and chopping wood. Hotei lives life at the crosshairs of the Absolute and the Relative. A lot like Hakuin himself...
So beautifully put : to live at the crosshairs of the Absolute and Relative.

Here's an earlier such Live at The Crosshairs recording, after a scroll by Miyamoto Musashi (1584 - 1645), Hotei regards Two Fighting Cocks :

          Theatre of the Actors of Regard 
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...