Jane was directed by J. R
Around a Small Mountain
Adieu Guillaume Depardieu
La Religieuse was based on Diderot
Mizoguchi viewed from here.. essay by Rivette
(February 28, 1939 – April 4, 1987)
In 1974, Trungpa founded the Naropa Institute, which later became Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado. Naropa was the first accredited Buddhist university in North America. Trungpa hired Allen Ginsberg to teach poetry and William Burroughs to teach literature.
“When we talk about compassion, we talk in terms of being kind. But compassion is not so much being kind; it is being creative to wake a person up.” Trungpa Rinpoche
Trungpa had a number of notable students, among whom were Pema Chödrön, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Anne Waldman, Diane di Prima, Peter Lieberson, José Argüelles, David Nichtern, Ken Wilber, David Deida, Francisco Varela, and Joni Mitchell, who portrayed Trungpa in the song “Refuge of the Roads” on her 1976 album Hejira.
Shambhala vision is described as a nonreligious approach rooted in meditation and accessible to individuals of any, or no, religion. In Shambhala terms, it is possible, moment by moment, for individuals to establish enlightened society. His book, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, provides a concise collection of the Shambhala views. According to Trungpa, it was his intention to propagate the kingdom of Shambala that provided the necessary inspiration to leave his homeland and make the arduous journey to India and the West
My feelings about Trungpa have been mixed from the start. Admiration, throughout, for his remarkable gifts; and reservations, which developed into profound misgivings, concerning some of his uses of them. I imagine, at least, that I’ve learned some things from him (though maybe not all of them were the things I was “supposed” to learn) and some through him, and I’m grateful to him for those. I wouldn’t encourage anyone to become a student of his. I wish him well.
I love Trungpa…a very special being..he was deep, complex and not cut of the ordinary cloth..
So many buy into pop publicity about Trungpa…he was elusive, strange, and a brother from another planet..What he created, Naropa is a great place…if we look at those who call him a teacher we can see that many fine minds and spirits found him a source of enlightenment…He was whimsical and taught through humor and shock.
The story of Trungpa Rinpoche’s connection with Alan Watts, as told by Sam Bercholz.
Alan spent his last days with Rinpoche.
Romy and Claude sing La Chanson D’Hélène (Les Choses De La Vie)
César and Rosalie
Un coeur en hiver (review on youtube)
b. February 23, 1924, Montrouge, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France
d. July 22, 2000, Paris, France
There is a sense of melancholy and a certain quietude that permeates Claude Sautet’s cinema, and it is in keeping with its pace, a languid but deliberate slowness, that we are able to enter into his world. Sautet’s world is a richly textured one, and requires attentiveness and a careful eye to its details. Populated by fully formed and complex characters, its skein of images is the weaving together of a series of looks, gestures, annunciations, utterances and moods of its inhabitants. Both limpid and opaque, this world and its denizens ask us to be thorough and mindful not only of what we see, but also what we hear — to listen to the conversations, the music, the ambience, as well as the silences. In this way, his films ask us to surrender our senses, to give ourselves over to them, so that we do not remain on the ‘outside’ as mere viewers or voyeurs to the intimacy on screen.
Described as a “discrete and elegant man,” (1) for many this director is a humanist whose films may be described as “intimate-realist” (2) films, a meticulous study of lived lives whose characters, despite their social standing, are nonetheless part of the quotidian.
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The goat I met in Lombok on a silent sunday. We had some good conversations together before I had to head back to Bali on a motorbike
Personality of the Sheep
People born in the Year of Sheep are tender, polite, filial, clever, and kind-hearted. They have special sensitivity to art and beauty and a special fondness for quiet living. They are wise, gentle and compassionate and can cope with business cautiously and circumspectly. In their daily life, they try to be economical. They are willing to take good care of others, but they should avoid pessimism and hesitation.
gentle, softhearted, considerate, attractive, hardworking, persistent, thrift
indecisive, timid, vain, pessimistic, moody, weak-willed
Photo of Navajo lady by Laura Gilpin Master photographer of Southwest
Map Goat (Literally every goat in the United States)
Søren Kierkegaard and Regine Olsen
Drawing comparisons to, among others, Dante and Beatrice, Abelard and Héloïse, he says of the couple that they are “together in eternity because they never could be together in earthy life.” Indeed, Kierkegaard and Regine’s story often reads like the stuff of folk tales and verse epics (cryptic notes and secret gestures abound). For instance, the 31 letters Kierkegaard sent Regine between their engagement and its dissolution a year later, Garff says, are “not ordinary communication; they are art” (the passage in Regines gåde appears word-for-word in Søren Kierkegaard: A Biography):
[…] by virtue of their indisputably aesthetic qualities, the letters make it clear that their author was to become not a husband but a writer. So they were actually farewell letters, grandiose exercises in the art of indirect communication: With enormous discretion and employing the entire panoply of the most nuanced shades of language, they try to make Regine realize that the person who sings her praises in letter after letter has long since disappeared from her life because he has lost himself in recollection of her and is thus utterly unsuited for married life. Indeed, recollection, from which fantasy draws its life, is also the source of the death that divides the lovers. In looking back upon events, Kierkegaard claimed that the very next day after Regine had said “Yes,” he had already realized that he had “made a mistake.”
Thanks to Garff’s book, we can more fully appreciate the extent to which the perception of Regine as a woman cruelly seduced by an eccentric philosopher is inaccurate. On the contrary, she proved to be at once selfless and cunning; her final gesture, this glorious double-act, allowed her to reveal the nature of her relationship with Kierkegaard while simultaneously disappearing into posterity, the innermost secrets of her being intact. Though their graves at Assistens Churchyard in Copenhagen are separated by just 50 yards, it is in the papers Regine received on an island in the Caribbean that the remains of their love are buried. “Posthumous papers are like a ruin,” the aesthete A writes in Either/Or, “what haunt could be more natural for the interred?”’
See “Leap of Faith” gif animation from Post Mutant Eggplant: Gravity and Grace - (scroll down.. down down down)
Kon Ichikawa directed Kokoro with Masayuki Mori (a prominent actor from Rashomon, Ugetsu Monogatari, Uki-Gumo, A Woman Ascends the Starirs)
Kokoro means “Heart” in Japanese.
The role of the literary artist in Japan ‘s long history is an honored one in large measure due to the power of language and literature to lift consciousness through imagination. Among Japan ‘s most gifted literary artists is Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), regarded by Nobel laureate Oe Kenzaburo as Japan ‘s “national writer”
Kojin Karatani and Natsume Soseki (previous post)
Bali Nine drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be executed before the end of the month, the Indonesian government has said.
Indonesian authorities have informed Australian officials of the decision, who in turn visited Kerobokan prison to pass the grim news on to the death-row prisoners.
Meanwhile, the family of Bali Nine drug smuggler Myuran Sukumaran has issued a tearful plea for his life as they wept outside the walls of the prison where he will spend his last days.
Video by Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen
Drug trafficker’s art classes are so popular that many former prisoners return to prison to keep taking them.
Øivind Klungseth Zahlsen via FB
Myuran always give of himself to others, cheering up his inmate students in the prison, giving them hopes.
As I was in the prison together with the Consul-General from Australia and the Norwegian Ambassador on the 22nd of January, the message about the final denial of clemency for Andrew Chan was delivered on the door. This opened for executing both of the Bali Nine boys together at any time. The first reaction from Myuran was taking me softly aside whispering: If something bad happens to me now, I will leave a list of people for you who can run the project”
Myuran is helping other inmates choosing a better path, giving them chance to establish a new positive identity and giving their lives a new voice. Please let Myuran stiill alive so he can keep up this mission in his life
On Feb 6 via FB..
There is talk about replicating it across the country, and while Zahlsen would like to see that it would also “leave a bitter taste”.
“This is like taking the life of the architect whilst admiring the building,” he said. “That, I think, is another very, very sad part of this.”
On Feb 9 via FB
Amnesty Internationals department in Norway is now engaged in the ongoing work to stop executions in Indonesia. They demand from The Indonesian government to abolish death penalty and immediately cease killing prisoners. The death penalty contradicts article 3 and 5 in The Human Rights Convention focusing on all human individuals right to life and personal security and freedom from torture and inhumane treatment.
Update: Feb 12
Bali Nine duo to be moved for execution
Update: Feb 13
Australian war artist Ben Quilty has described his goodbye to Bali Nine death row inmate Myuran Sukumaran as the “most difficult thing” he has ever done.
Twice Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Emmy-winning television writer Stewart Stern, who wrote film classic “Rebel Without a Cause,” Dennis Hopper’s “The Last Movie” and seminal telepic “Sybil,” starring Sally Field, died February 2 at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, after battling cancer. He was 92.
Dennis Hopper The Last Movie (previous post)
Morris was born on February 5, 1948, and raised in a Jewish family in Hewlett, New York.
After being treated for strabismus in childhood, he refused to wear an eye patch. As a consequence, he has limited sight in one eye and lacks normal stereoscopic vision.
In the 10th grade, Morris attended The Putney School, a boarding school in Vermont. He began playing the cello, spending a summer in France studying music under the acclaimed Nadia Boulanger, who also taught Morris’ future collaborator Philip Glass.