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“…it’s impossible to find any object not related to all the others. In his book The Heart of Understanding, contemporary Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh uses a simple sheet of paper as an example to illustrate this idea of interbeing. Everything has some connection with this sheet of paper. If we follow all the constituent elements to their source … we find that in reality the sheet of paper is empty. It has no separate self. It is made up entirely of non-paper elements, and is empty of an independent identity. Empty in this sense … means that the paper is full of all things, full of the entire cosmos.

The Power of Buddhism, (1996) HH The Dalai Lama & Jean-Claude Carriere (pg 26-27)

“He felt he’d glimpsed some horrific system of connections in which you can’t tell the difference between one thing and another, between a soup can and a car bomb, because they are made by the same people in the same way and ultimately refer to the same thing.”

Underworld, (1997) Don Delillo (pg 446)

“In times of coercive politics and transnational terror, slowing down so as to learn to listen anew is a necessity … The question is not so much to produce a new image as to provoke, to facilitate, and to solicit a new seeing. Science without conscience, politics without ethics, technology without poetry result in deadly short-circuits. We’ve had to learn this, not only through disastrous political events, but more intimately through one’s own body when it is under stress – the wired-up body that takes months to wind down, to recover, or to find its own rhythm. Non-being is what we use in working with being … when we start taking care of this utter silence, life speaks to us in a different language, one in which we catch glimpses of stillness in movement and feel movement arising in stillness. Velocity in stillness … Speed is here not opposed to slowness, for it is in stillness that one may be said to truly find speed. And rather than merely going against speed, stillness contains speed and determines its quality. Speed at its best [in digital imaging] is still speed. The speed of a flower mind.”

Trinh T. Minh-ha, ‘Still Speed’ (interview with Elizabeth Duggan), ‘The Digital Film Event’, London & New York: Routledge, 2005, p. 13.

snake’s head seed head

Fritillaria meleagris, Snake’s Head Fritillary, Checkered Daffodil, Chess Flower, Frog-cup, Guinea-hen Flower, Leper Lily, Snake’s Head.

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