This documentary on artist Miriam Beerman just changed my life forever. It’s like everything she makes and how makes it speaks directly to my soul, straight-on. I see so much of my own emotion in her work; it’s terrifying (and beautiful).
“I have spent most of my life creating images that are responses to the brutality of our time. I am reminded constantly of the world’s injustice. It weighs upon my mind and body. Therefore, I seek the beauty and the vigour of the paint and the poetry that inspires the act of painting” – M.B.
“Well, try to relate to the texture of the energy in the depression situation. Depression is not just a blank, it has all kinds of intelligent things happening within it. I mean, basically depression is extraordinarily interesting and a highly intelligent state of being. That is why you are depressed. Depression is an unsatisfied state of mind in which you feel that you have no outlet. So work with the dissatisfaction of that depression. Whatever is in it is extraordinarily powerful. It has all kinds of answers in it, but the answers are hidden. So, in fact I think depression is one of the most powerful of all energies. It is extraordinarily awake energy, although you might feel sleepy.
But, at the same time, you are experiencing tremendous texture, the texture of how the stagnation of samsara works, which is fantastic. You feel the texture of something. That entertainment didn’t work. This entertainment didn’t work. Referring back to the past didn’t work; projecting into the future didn’t work. Everything is made out of texture, so you could experience depression in a very intelligent way. You could relate with it completely, fully. And once you begin to relate with it as texture of some kind, as a real and solid situation which contains tremendous texture, tremendous smell, then depression becomes a beautiful walkway. We can’t discuss it really. We have to actually get into heavy depression and then feel about that.” Source.
Hi from Malaysia; Johor Bahru is my new home and place of work for the next two months, and I’ve had the privilege of checking out KL and Melaka, too. Living in an Islamic state is a huge mind shift; the sounds of prayer wafting from the mosques that sandwich our condo never fails to blow my mind. What a beautiful way to gauge time and structure your day.
I am heading to Bali after my contract ends to try and learn how to surf (emphasis on try): I am thinking of cancelling my flight home on March 28th as it flies through Shanghai. Any suggestions of where I should fly/drop through? My home job seems to still be in the strike-zone, and I’m still itching for a UK Dirty Kids tour. Hit me up with any ideas.
In other news I finished recording my audiobook of Dirty Kids with the most dank of producers, Christian Jensen of Ketamine Girls. I am trying to figure out how to release it though: Patreon? Bandcamp? Serialized podcast? I’d like something that I can control completely so selling to Audible is of less interest to me.
So excited to be reading tonight alongside some of the most ferocious feminists I know.
- Joni Mitchell’s song for Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche is everything
- Talk on how our Western approach to Buddhism is “some form of Sesame Street“
- Anyone have any reading opportunities on Vancouver Island?
“…Another branch of the Mahayana school, which developed in Tibet, can be seen in the Gelugpa tradition. In India, the Nalanda and Vikramashila Universities developed a school of logic in which, instead of doing pure sitting practice, you replace the sitting by the practice of sharpening your intellect. This demands that the basic sophistication of intelligence is raised up to the highest point, as much as one can, to the point of limitlessness. At that point, ordinary logical conclusions and logical debates become meaningless, and one develops higher thinking—the epitome of the highest way of relating with the reasoning mind… once a student has entered into Zen discipline, there is no place for intellect. It is simple and direct. For example, if you are composing your own verses about the dharma, the master catches you if the slightest intellectualization comes up. Such intellectualization is cut down and swept away along with the dust on the meditation hall floor.” – Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Ahhh! Decade old poster from my installation “Corners” at the Pia Bouman Center with Terra Borody.