San Francisco Zen Center, Summer 2017

In August I took photos at the San Francisco Zen Center for their web site and promotional materials. Here are two shots of the Buddha Hall, where most public lectures and Dharma talks take place, and the central courtyard. The building was originally a home for young Jewish women, built in the 1920s by the … Continue reading

Early Modernism in Columbus, Indiana

First Christian Church, Columbus, Indiana, 1942, by Eliel Saarinen, and Large Arch by sculptor Henry Moore, 1971.

Contemporary Butterfly-Roofed Meditation Hut

This contemporary meditation hut is located in Urbana, Illinois; it was designed by Jeffery Poss, AIA, who is also an architecture professor at the University of Illinois and a sculptor. Keep your head down and stay humble as you enter – the entire interior is only high enough for a seated or kneeling position.

baha’i temple, wilmette, il (2)

baha’i temple, wilmette, il

nature photos, 2013

This is a compilation of nature photos I took this year, collected for Scientific American’s Compound Eye blog http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/compound-eye/2013/12/28/show-us-your-best-science-nature-photos-of-2013/

old vacuum tubes

drawn stone 2

drawn stone

Part of the installation Drawn Stone by Andy Goldsworthy. This was commissioned for the courtyard at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Like some of Goldsworthy’s work, this is almost imperceptible. I never saw a sign or placard indicating there was even artwork there. I was sitting on one of the stone slabs and … Continue reading

the world of things

“Those of us who call ourselves Buddhist corrupt the teaching by a narrow sectarianism and by a sort of withdrawal from what’s going on in our society. A great Zen Master warned, ‘The man who clings to vacancy, neglecting the world of things, escapes from drowning but leaps into the fire.’” Philip Kapleau (1912-2004), author … Continue reading