Give it away, Now.

Thoughts and Opinions

A few days ago someone shared an article at The Onion about a Buddhist extremist cell threatening to unleash peace and tranquility on the West.  Being both Buddhist and a fan of satire, I thought it was hilarious.

Then I thought, “you know, this isn’t a bad idea.”

I am weary of all the hate and violence in the world, especially at the moment. I am tired of us hating each other and killing each other.

You can’t fight hate with more hate.

So I am going to unleash a torrent of love on the world.

The month of December will be a meditation on love.

I am going to start here, with this thought:

In Zen Buddhism, when we come together as a group and meditate we “give away” our merit at the end by dedicating our meditation to those that we know (or don’t know) who are sick and those who have passed on. This idea of giving away merit is an interesting idea. I have been doing this not really knowing what it means until very recently. I always thought it was a beautiful part of our meditation session, but now that I know what we are doing I really like it all the more.

Meditation is one way of earning merit in Buddhism. I guess you can look it as earning good karma points, or something sort of along those lines.  when we earn this merit we don’t hold onto it. We give it away. The idea is that it is unleashed into the world and relieves it of suffering.

I like this idea of giving away these things once you have them. This is love, don’t you think? When you have it unleash it out into the world. Don’t hold onto it.

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The Great Transatlantic Pinhole Filmswap Project

Photography

“What if a person just sent an entire camera, with film re-rolled and ready to double expose,  to another person? My Pinholga is lightweight and cheap, so if it gets lost in the mail it’s no big deal.” This is an idea I had after pondering film swaps and pinhole photography.   And thus an idea started to germinate. A traveling camera film swap.  Two film swaps and a dead camera later, I think we are on track. This time with a new name and a new camera.

10372132_1556444471254055_6580602399781478544_n Todd Schlemmer  graciously donated one of his Terrapin 3d printed pinhole camera systems to the project! Behold, The Great Transatlantic Pinhole Filmswap 2.0 begins!

A few weeks ago I received the new camera in the mail and immediately set out to shoot the roll that Todd had already exposed. I scanned the results last night and couldn’t be happier! I love how they turned out!

The camera will be perfect for the project! It has some really cool features, but the best one is that you can rewind the film in camera (no dark bag needed). This little feature makes it perfect for film swaps!

Interested in joining the fun?  Click here to find out how it works and how to participate.

Books, Music, Art, Movies

This song came on my iTunes as I was driving to pick up Raf from work yesterday evening. It reminds me of my childhood and makes my heart feel all warm and fuzzy. I’d have to agree with old Paul, the world could use more love songs.