The wolf with nine lives number

In Buddhist philosophical concepts, Colour photography, Fotografia, FujiX100s, Minimal photography, Photography, Words of music on 2019/03/13 at 04:00

According to Buddha

Life is easy for the hu/man who is without shame, impudent as a crow, a vicious gossip, vain, meddlesome, dissolute. But life is hard for the hu/man who quietly undertakes the way of perfection, with purity, detachment and vigour. S/he sees light.

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way down
i spend the whole day
way down


wall at the Alberta Aviation Museum ~ Etown Alberta ~ February 2019


  1. Confusing quote, I thought detachment was the key.

    • Forgive me for interjecting, Mike, but I think the point is that purity (of ethics and conduct, speech and action, etc.) is not won in a finger snap; it takes hard work (usually over a great many years) until achieved, or even just approached.

    • yes layered…those Buddhas puzzle me too…I’m a sloppy buddhist learning along the way…never to fall at the feet of any “ists’…or ‘isms’…but to read what makes sense to me in the moment…often I do ponder further but only for a while…words can be superfluous 🤓 I was reading a piece yesterday on detachment and compassion…

      “Viveka and viraaga are the two Paali words which have been translated as “detachment.” The two, however, are not synonymous. The primary meaning of viveka is separation, aloofness, seclusion. Often physical withdrawal is implied. The later commentarial tradition, however, identifies three forms of viveka: kaaya-viveka (physical withdrawal), citta-viveka (mental withdrawal), and upadhi-viveka (withdrawal from the roots of suffering).

      Kaaya-viveka, as a chosen way of life, was not uncommon during the time of the Buddha. To withdraw from the household life, renounce possessions, and adopt a solitary mendicancy was a recognized path. The formation of the Buddhist monastic Sangha was grounded in the belief that going out from home to homelessness (agaarasmaa anagaariya.m pabbajati) could aid concentrated spiritual effort. Yet to equate the renunciation which the Buddha encouraged with a physical withdrawal which either punished the body or completely rejected human contact would be a mistake”…. still chewing on it all Mike….many smiles hedy ☺️🤓✌️

  2. The Way requires diligence every moment, of every day.

    • yes…if it can even been attained in this life time…I don’t know ☺️ but I like the words of Gautama Buddha…sunny smiles enjoy your garden 🌞🤓🌷

  3. Wonderful how you took a common wall and stripped it down to its essence.

  4. A wonderful series, Hedy, vaguely reminiscent of certain of the (English) St Ives group of painters from the 50s & 60s — beautiful geometric abstractions.

  5. The question remains unanswered: why is it always easier to do evil than to do good?
    Hariod Brawn: ” purity (of ethics and conduct, speech and action, etc.) is not won in a finger snap; it takes hard work (usually over a great many years) until achieved, or even just approached.”
    Eddie Two Hawks: “The Way requires diligence every moment, of every day.”
    Paraphrasing Jesus: “Broad the way, wide the door that leads to death and many walk therein; narrow the way, small the door that leads to life and only a few find it.”
    These are observable truisms but recognizing them does not answer the question: Why? Throughout the millennia religions and philosophies have tackled the problem but no real solution came forth, nor comes forth. Some know how to walk the straight and narrow and do, most will not. Methods such as practicing detachment, self empowerment through self discipline and self sacrifice and pushing oneself to live in compassion work against the easy false way, but the false way of self righteousness, bigotry, lust and greed remains the easier choice. So the question is why does living a selfish life always easier than living the selfless one? Can we answer that without falling into blame or using current or traditional scapegoats?

    • Thank you kindly Sha’Tara…I was taught ‘naming. shaming and blaming never work’…I think we live in times with a new wave of scapegoating…I just read Julia Shaw’s work about evil is in the eye of the beholder…and an evil empathy exercise….so I don’t know…I can’t answer the question 🤔🤓✌️💫 appreciate your comment ~ smiles hedy

  6. I listened to that only yesterday :o) … Namaste!

  7. a nice selection of photos.

  8. It’s so stunning and I’m impressed how consistently you let this color/light topic flow through your series of photos. I would like to take an example and work more consistently like you, Hedy. That is so impressing. 🙂 🙂 smiles over the pond 🙂

    • yes I have worked to see that my little visual narratives…flow with colours and tones…I use Lr and some presets that I tinker with until it feels right tin my hedy head 🤓☺️ it’s made post editing more fun for me…thanks for noticing Markus…many smiles back from sunny Etown spring is arriving 🌞😎

  9. Love how you processed the pictures!

  10. Wow Hedy, your eye is just….I don’t know! Deadly accurate? That sounds all wrong. 🙂 But it’s true, you seem to size up any subject and get the best out of it. Perfect processing too, once again. These are beautiful and make a really fine series.

    • I studied these images for a while something about them the white the lines and then I listened to the song and thought I’d put them together…I enjoyed playing in Lr…it was during a deep freeze week 🤓thanks for saying Lynn…humbled ☺️

      • I like hearing about the process, and it makes perfect sense, the gazing, the music, the gathering,, and working out the details in LR. Oh, and the weather, I’m sure that contributed too. Yes. (Funny how the photos are pale and warm at the same time.) 🙂

  11. I’ve always wondered about detachment. Though it may prove useful in dire straits, what is the point of becoming so detached one can’t feel anything? 🙂

    • There is this great misunderstanding about detachment: that it creates a cold, unfeeling state. It’s entirely the opposite! Detachment is not uncaring, it’s giving oneself the freedom to expand one’s feelings beyond the closed group, the family, the tribe, the nation, the belief system. Detachment is inclusive which can become very painful in a world such as this one, hence the need to practice compassion in order to remain mentally sane if one chooses the path of detachment. Also of note, it is quite impossible to reach a state of self empowerment while remaining attached… to whatever or whomever, for the attachment becomes the millstone that directs one’s efforts. So I’ve been taught and so I have experienced and am experiencing.

      • Thank you for clarifying. I admit I know so little about Asian cultures and schools of thought… 🙂 (Apart from the practice of Yoga and one Astral travel we’ve already mentioned) I must say I am considering meditation more and more. I really long for peace. 🙂
        (Grief has taken too much toll.)
        Bonne soirée mon amie.

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