I met Jana after Thanksgiving 2012. It seems a good time to re-post this video. Jana invited me to photograph and film her and one of the first things I filmed was this vigil for those that die on our streets, homeless. As I write, Jana herself is facing homelessness. Please donate, please help.
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I
But when the trees bow down their heads,
the wind is passing by.
Any attempt to define our life force can only fail as it’s impossible to perceive the whole of something of which we are a part. When we first stepped out of our caves and stubbed a toe on a rock, animism was born. During the Industrial Revolution in Europe, Heaven was depicted as a series of cogs and levels…how many angels could actually dance on the head of a pin? Of course many people today are happy that we’ve discovered the real movers, shakers and creators in life..quarks!! Innumerbale battles have been fought and precious lives lost in the attempt to prove whose God is right. Yet…we can never see what we are part of..thus all arguments are void. There is, of course a way to experience the all-ness during zazen by letting go of any of our conceptions about it and just simply being part of the whole.
This is the divine mystery beyond words and concepts.
No need to figure out the true theology or philosophy.
Awe and Joy arise simply in being the mystery…
and thus experiencing it everywhere.
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND?