Bodhipaksa meditation by a river

I studied with Bodhipaksa during an online course in Buddhist meditation he conducted using Skype Group Video several years ago. I succeeded in meditating every day for a hundred days during one of his challenges. I also enjoyed the 30 days of LovingKindness meditation challenge.

In this relaxation exercise by a river, he was experiment with his then new GoogleGlasses.

I first discovered Bodhipaksa and through an audio book I found on I heartily recommend all of his audio books, and Wildmind offers many forms of instruction. There is no need to be a Buddhist to benefit from Bodhipaksa’s teachings. One of my favorite things about him is his sense of humor; not a moment of holier-than-thou in him.


Transform an object…

Follow in the footsteps of Dada artists–transform the meaning / destroy the function of a utilitarian object, by encrusting it with exotic materials.

Wabi-sabi; beautiful accidents

My understanding of the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, may not be very sophisticated, but to me it’s about the beauty of an accident, the good feelings that come from loosening up, and using tools that we are only beginning to understand.

I tried to be really open in rewriting the About me page for this site, in the form of how the site is NOT About Me.

3d Printing can set you free…

but the learning curve means it can also freeze your creativity. I was asked to write about a recent failure last year, and the first thing that came to mind was that as much I loved building my first 3d printer from a kit, and getting it to run, it also enslaved me–the learning curve is steep, the technical problems can overwhelm, but still, it is anew and wonderful way to make new things.

I gave myself a break after 15 months, and said I would only print what I can design, and use familiar materials in order to recapture the joy of the process.

Turrell’s Rodin Crater

After more than 25 years, James Turrell’s Rodin Crater still isn’t open to the public. The artist considers the light plane’s he flies to be an extension of his studio. Spaces have been excavated under the bowl of the crater with light admitted in highly controlled ways in order to heighten a viewer’s understanding of the sky.

encouraging the flow of new ideas