Beginner's Mind

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." - Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi

Monday, September 28, 2009

WEEKLY WORDS OF WISDOM on the World Wide Web chosen by Lama Surya Das

If there is anything I have learned about men & women, it is that there is a deeper spirit of altruism than is ever evident. Just as the rivers we see are minor compared to the underground streams, so, too, the idealism that is visible is minor compared to what people carry in their hearts unreleased or scarcely released. (Hu)mankind is waiting and longing for those who can accomplish the task of untying what is knotted, and bringing these underground waters to the surface.

--Albert Schweitzer

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


While running errands this afternoon I listened to a live recording of Leonard Cohen performing in London. He is one of the greatest lyric/poetic writers of all time. And, as so often happens when I listen to him, or read him, I get inspired to write poetry, something I haven't done in too long a time.

What I need are subjects. Please go over to my Facebook page and suggest two potential subjects. The only rules are (1) No subjects that deal with politics/government, and (2) There must be two subjects suggested; why will become clear later. In return, I will compose a poem using those subjects. Current wives and ex-girlfriends get their poems first, just because I like gals more than I do guys.

Music in my head: I'm Your Man, Leonard Cohen

P.S. If you don't have and/or don't want a Facebook account, leave subject ideas in blog comments.