Spanish graphic designer Cristobal Vila created this animated video of Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water. I had not seen it until Jose Israel Flores pointed it out in his blog. It is stunning, as is FLW's achievement.
The study of spiritual materialism is very important. Some people tell you to hold your breath, and you'll feel blissful. Some people tell you to breathe out, and you'll feel blissful. Some people tell you to eat a carrot right now! Some people say, "Stand on your head." Some people say "Sit, then stand on one foot, then lie down on your back and have a good massage." Or swim in cold water and that will help you. Swim in hot water -- that will help you. Reading this might help you. Say these few words over and over to yourself. Or shout your words; project out. Dive in. Dive out. Wear certain clothes. Get a certain hair cut. Do certain eye gazes. People suggest all sorts of things, which is what’s known as the “spiritual supermarket.” All these trips have been laid on the poor Americans. We could call this spiritual democracy. It doesn't particularly help. However, America remains a great field of spiritual fertility. Fertile situations occur constantly, all the time. Trying to work with this American mentality and bring it together with the Buddhist tradition of orthodoxy, at the same time, creates a good balance.
Edited from an unpublished transcript VIEWING AND WORKING WITH THE PHENOMENAL WORLD by Chogyam Trungpa, a seminar at Naropa Institute, Talk One, June 10, 1976.
We have a strong tendency to believe that we will remain the same person forever, and that our loved ones will also remain the same forever, but this is a kind of delusion that prevents us from living in a more mindful and compassionate way. If we believe that everyone and everything we love will always be there, we will have little concern to take care of them, to treasure them deeply right here and now. When we lose something or someone we love, we suffer. Yet when that thing or person was still present in our lives we may not have treasured it, we didn't fully appreciate him or her, because we lacked the insight of impermanence. It's very important to make the insight of impermanence the object of our meditative awareness, because this insight is an essential element of love and compassion.
while staying at my sister's house last week, i would hear the coqui frogs singing at night. i captured their sound with my camera by pointing it to the window, then substituted this image of the coqui from the site on pictures of Puerto Rico. hope you like the sound. it seems that someone took a coqui frog to the Big Island of Hawaii and now they are quite ubiquitous there, although originally they were indigenous to only Puerto Rico.
Cuando la muerte llegue - poesía de Mary Oliver
Cuando llegue la muerte
como un oso hambriento en otoño.
cuando llegue la muerte y saque
todas las monedas brillantes de su monedero
para comprarme, y tranque el monedero.
Cuando llegue la muerte como la varicela.
Cuando llegue la muerte como un tímpano de hielo
entremetido en las espaldas.
Quiero pasar por la puerta lleno de curiosidad,
preguntándome a mí mismo,
cómo va a ser esa casita de campo de oscuridad?
Y por tanto considero que todo a mi alrededor
es una hermandad de hombre y mujeres;
y veo que el tiempo no es más que una idea,
y considero que la eternidad es una posibilidad.
Y considero que cada vida es como una flor,
tan sencilla como una margarita en el campo
y a la vez tan singular.
Y que cada nombre es una música agradable
que sale de la boca, dirigiéndose, como lo hace
toda música, hacia el silencio.
Y veo en cada cuerpo el valor de un león,
como algo muy valioso para el mundo.
Cuando todo se acabe, quiero decir
que toda mi vida fuí una novia casada con la sorpresa,
que fuí el novio agarrando al mundo en mis brazos.
Cuando todo se acabe, no quiero preguntarme
si hice de mi vida algo particular y real.
No quiero encontrarme suspirando miedosamente
o lleno de argumentos.
No quiero acabar simplemente habiendo visitado este mundo.
for breakfast yesterday i had local papaya, a cereal bar and Puerto Rican expresso. for lunch at the hospital cafeteria i had rice and beans, vegetable medley, lettuce, tomato and brocolli. for dinner back at my sister's house i had more rice and beans, boiled yucca and sweet potato. it's all delicious and healthy, if only a bit starchier than my usual fare because of the number of root vegetables. i haven't estimated calories but it must be around 2200, when my normal intake is 1500 to 1800 calories daily.
during my visit i studied the samples of work in the portfolio of master architect Thomas Marvel. i read in the credits that a fellow Puerto Rican who was pursuing a PhD in architecture at my school when i was pursuing my master, Enrique Vivoni Farage, assisted him in the production of this portfolio. the composition of the pages is exquisite and the volume and variety of project types very large. the difference i perceive between Thom Marvel and I is that as principal in his own firm and educator, he developed a distinct style expressed across many building types. my career evolved in the service of many companies, where i have worked on many building types. in Marvel's work you see the undercurrent of modernism running across all of it. with my work, you see me contributing to many building types - airports, hotels, master planned resorts, shopping centers, renovations - the work of the places in which I worked, but no particular design vocabulary. the styles of my work include sleek modernist - steel and glass (airports), some elegant comfort architecture tending to the traditional (hotels), some kitschy painted boxes (shopping centers), and some historicism (renovations). i would like to find a way to unify these as i record a history of my experience, but the only way appears to be consistent in how my work is recorded.
being with family brings up many old issues, such as the health of my siblings, nutrition practices, the importance of exercise, a spiritual life, etcetera. it's hard to eat low fat, low salt when you are traveling. the food in the hospital cafeteria is tasty, but not exactly healthy. i continue meditation and i practice yoga sporadically, as for example, i might do some yin yoga right after this post. i'm enjoying staying with my sister and brother in law. he has wonderful books. i found a porfolio he has of a distinguished architect who practiced all of his career in Puerto Rico, Thomas Marvel, and it is a source of inspiration during my moments free. when I was a teenager i went to Thom Marvel's office and obtained advice from him regarding applying for architecture school and regarding the career. i'm glad he steered me correctly.
the population of my sister's house, usually five people, has mushroomed to eight. we're taking turns assisting my mom. anyhow, traveling makes me aware of how san francisco's airport has fabulous food. at the snack bar before I departed, there were the usual fruit offerings of apples, oranges and bananas, but also peaches. there were six flavors of muffins and all kinds of cereals. in airports in other cities, i found hotdogs, pizza and chicken cobb salad as the fare offered, if the food concessions were open. to the majority of the world, cheese pizza must be vegetarian food.
i practiced yoga, primary to marichyasana D in the waiting area at the gate, having brought my mat. i worked up a sweat in my business clothes. it did not matter to anyone in the surroundings. i'm using my nephew's computer for this post. it's interesting to see the common thread of interests in my family. my nephews and nieces are very spiritual, but being in a catholic country, that is the expression of their spirituality. of course, those are my roots. i practice zen meditation because of my christian roots. my brother in law is an architect, so spending time in his library keeps up my passion for this art. anyway, i don't want to take up more bandwidth with my musings. bless y'all. namaste.
The stairs to the upper floors are grand, as shown in this drawing by my colleague.
and in this this picture from the Flickr account of Duffy NewmanIn the upper floor you arrive at this space which when I studied there was a studio and was ocassionally used for receptions. I drew this image. Back then when drawing historic architecture, I had the sense of humor of putting figures dressed in period costumes. My teacher, who was British, was amused by that.
practice was a led class; it was packed and with great energy. i practiced next to Triangle Man. he seems to have the same body type as I and we practice with the same teachers, Springy Sitarist and Seven Petal Lotus. his work as a computer programmer has allowed him travels to the UK, where he visited AYL, and to India. I said hello to Agent Orange, who spent three months in Mysore, studying with the Jois family, and when they went away on travel, with Sheshadri. the image here is of an adjustment of sheshadri, from his website. i may not be ready for that much pressure on my thighs while in UD, but i understand the benefits of it. I thought Agent Orange had studied with Venkitesh, but i found out in talking with him that it was M. in the group that practiced with him for a year. i'd like to study backbending with Venkitesh in the future. blah blah.
is a hoo-ha synonym for a heave-ho, or is a hoo-ha really just a pow-wow? i think it's a pow-wow.
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Originally uploaded by The Goat Whisperer
ok, so i was looking for some images of a hotel and came across this. a traveler who jumps on hotel beds and photographs himself doing it. so i had to blab about it. and for the yoga writing-deprived, i promise to resume practice tomorrow afternoon.
pulled out an IDEO method card, for inspiration. arrived at, "Empathy Tools" - how: use tools like clouded glasses and weighted gloves to experience processes as though you yourself have the abilities of different users. why: this is an easy way to prompt an empathic understanding for users with disabilities or special conditions. hmm - we architects think daily about people with disabilities by designing spaces that allow them movement.