Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Wanderer

Written by Ernie Maresca and originally recorded by Dion. The song, with a 12-bar blues-base verse and an eight-bar bridge, tells the story of a travelling man and his many loves. The song is ranked #243 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

D / / / 2 / / / 3 / / / 4 / / /
I'm the type of guy who never settles down
Where pretty girls are, you'll know that I'm around
I kiss 'em and I love 'em 'cause to me they're all the same
I hug 'em and I squeeze 'em, they don't even know my name
They call me the Wanderer, yeah, Wanderer
I roam round and round and round and round
Verse 2: There's Flo on my left and there's Mary on my right
And Janie is the girl that I'll be with tonight
And when she asks me which one I love the best
I tear open my shirt and show Rosie on my chest
'Cause I'm the Wanderer, yeah, Wanderer
I roam round and round and round and round
Bridge: A
Well, I roam from town to town
Live life without a care
I'm as happy as a clown
B7 A7
With my 2 fists of iron but I'm goin' nowhere
Verse 3: I'm the type of guy that likes to roam around
I'm never in one place; I roam from town to town
And when I find myself a-fallin' for some girl
I hop right into that car of mine and drive around the world
'Cause I'm the Wanderer, yeah, Wanderer
I roam round and round and round and round
(instrumental; same pattern as verses)
(repeat verse 3, then repeat last 2 lines and fade)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Buddha's Eightfold Path

The Eightfold Path is represented in the early symbol for Buddhism, the eight spoked wheel. Buddha's first sermon is called:

Turning the Wheel of Dharma
(Dharmachakra Sutra)

After introducing the Middle Way and The Four Noble Truths, Buddha expanded by providing specific guidelines for the traveling the clear path, known as the Eightfold Path. These guidelines are not sequential. They are simultaneous and mutual. The eight "folds" or aspects are:

1. Right View. 
2. Right Intention.
3. Right Thinking.
4. Right Speaking.
5. Right Activity.
6. Right Effort.
7. Right Mindfulness.
8. Right Mindemptiness.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Tai Chi Ch'uan Lineage

Time line here

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Confucius and His Five Virtues

Confucius, (Latinized version of Chinese: K'ung Fu-tse) is an ancient Chinese philosopher, teacher and wandering folk singer. His writings set down many of the principle themes and attitudes cherished throughout all periods and at levels of Chinese society. 

He is often, erroneously, set in opposition to Lao Tzu, as a stuffy bureaucrat. Actually, he is one of history's first humanists and was famously fond of rice wine, poetry and good company. The epitome of his teaching may be described in his Five Virtues:

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue. These five are:
  • gravitas
  • generosity of spirit
  • sincerity
  • earnestness 
  • kindness

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Six Zen Lessons

The outline for Zen Meditation: Reality and Practice, Six Introductory Lessons, is available here.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Keeping Agreements

Many wonderful, creative, well-meaning, smart, gentle, heartfelt and fun people are lousy at keeping agreements. Working in the world, agreements are essential and frequent. To avoid frustration and disappointment, skillfully work with agreeing and agreements.

  • Know what you want.
  • Be clear about mutual expectations (including scheduling and budgeting).
  • Realistically assess the likelihood of the agreement being completed successfully.
  • Formalize the agreement within 24 hours by reiterating, and changing if needed.
  • Communicate during the process, reworking or canceling the agreement if necessary.
  • Remain unattached to the results.
  • Assess the process and the results as they might illumine future agreements.
    (Not every step is needed in all circumstances.)

Check yourself; recognize the other person’s point of view, ability and level of commitment; and respond accordingly.

What of good people who are lousy at keeping agreements? Might as well acknowledge and enjoy their free spirited approach to the future, and make agreements with them lightly, or not at all.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Entertaining Opposites

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

In overcoming the limitations of dialectical dualism, we get a view from a new perspective: inclusive, sympathetic, discerning but not judgmental, opening heart and mind to creative possibility. Like Lao Tzu suggests, before good/bad, right/wrong, beautiful/ugly, simple/complex, difficult/easy, left brain/right brain, there is a unified consciousness, beyond words, complete-in-itself, yet ever-changing.

To help get a feeling for simultaneously entertaining two apparently contradictory realities at once, practice going more and more quickly from the crone to the young lady until you can see them both at once. There are many of these drawings demonstrating the Gestalt figure and ground theory of visual perception which we can use for consciousness expanding practice.