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Week 4 posts.

4 Hanyao Zhang

After reading the The Nō Plays of Japan, I watched the Noh Theater video again because I thought I can could have a different feeling and maybe deeper understanding of the play after I read its script. The second time … Continue reading

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4 Hall Mario

Scenario: Walking home after class. Movements make no sound As snow falls Around me This week’s discussion of nothingness and Merton’s explanation of why nothingness is the key was very illuminating for me and reminded me of two things quite … Continue reading

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4 Shigenobu Hanako

Looking out beyond South Hall, thick snowflakes contorted the appearance of the houses in the distance. Blurred horizon Vanishing From heavy snow fall If nothingness is not achieved, which it rarely is, you are stuck in a frustrated state where … Continue reading

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4 Luna-Smith Wesley

I am sitting in the Rez café while heavy snow covers everything outside.   With coffee, Laughter and conversation. Snow falls around us. This passage helped clarify some of the lingering confusion I had regarding evanescence and form, “How we … Continue reading

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4 Maman Philippe

      As I was washing dishes this week, Washing dishes, I cut my finger, red morning light. Merton speaks about the great needs of man, which Christianity must hold to be self-evident restrictions on its form. He outlines, … Continue reading

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4 Ohara Anna

Early Sunday afternoon, I walked with friends to Castle Rock in South Boston in the freezing cold. Ocean wind against The castle stones In lilac Sunset   I was baptized at age 6 in order to attend a catholic school, … Continue reading

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4 Fukushima Lisa

HAIKU: When I walked out of one of my classes on Tuesday, it had started snowing. IMAGE: Japanese lord doll   PARAGRAPH: On Evanescence and Form (pp. 51-69), Atsumori, and Zen and the Birds of Appetite (Thomas Merton) The biggest idea that … Continue reading

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4 Traitz Lauren

  This week I want to write about the Thomas Merton reading because both the claims made in Zen and the Birds of Appetite and Zen in general resonate with me deeply. Throughout the book, Thomas Merton claims that the … Continue reading

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4 Lee Karen

Walking to Carm after snowstorm White snow, white sky – I cannot tell where one begins and one ends. I was raised as a Christian, and when I was a child, I would often watch my grandmother read from her … Continue reading

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4 Levy Noah

4 Levy Noah

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