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October 21st, 2019

Scenes from the recent Clear Waters Zen Retreat in Batavia, NY.

All photos by Rick McCleary.


  1. Those photos are breathtaking. There is something about an absence of color. ♡

    Comment by Bonnie R Nygren — October 21, 2019 @ 7:06 pm

  2. Perhaps it is the absence of difference.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — October 23, 2019 @ 7:02 am

  3. There is a certain asceticism about Buddhism, Zen, etc. Removing yourself to a place of quiet contemplation for a period of time in the company of others, promotes peace and compassion. These black and white photos underscore that kind of experience. But of course we have to go back. I regularly betray my beliefs in the goodness of humankind, clenching my fists and being all to willing to throw another punch. I am ashamed of myself then. I read many words that reinforce my own positions on every subject, but when I walk out the door I often feel the wind is knocked out me,

    Comment by Larry Misiak — October 23, 2019 @ 6:54 am

  4. A wise and poignant observation, Larry. Thank you.

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — October 23, 2019 @ 7:02 am

  5. Why do Buddha busts often have long, long ear lobes?

    Comment by Larry misiak — November 4, 2019 @ 8:45 am

  6. Because he was born wealthy and once wore the heavy adornments of jewels, which he renounced to pursue spiritual awakening. https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/buddha-ears/

    Comment by Karen Maezen Miller — November 4, 2019 @ 2:04 pm

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