From the Zen Community of Oregon’s Website:
So - the Jizo’s with pained expressions will be staying with Amida Buddha and me. The ones that are more clearly in line with the Japanese archetype will be sent out into the world. I don’t want to confuse people.. As it happens there are six of these fellows and as the Oregon Zen Community says above, Jizo’s are often found in groups of six. Auspicious.
They seem to be at home here, looking up at Amida and peppering him with questions about the deep dark well of suffering that is this existence… Amida, for his part, is not put off in the least. He is used to these questions as he has been fielding them for eons..
All sixteen Jizo’s made it through the final firing. None of them cracked. None of their glazing bubbled or sloughed off. Yay!
I brought them home tonight, each wrapped in his own half-page of newspaper. Doff did the honors of unwrapping them. They’ll stay with us for a bit and then make their way out into the wide world wherever they are supposed to be.
Before they go - I need to write a small scroll that will get placed inside their hollow bodies. The scroll will be something short like “Hello - my name is Jizo (pronounced ‘Jee-zoe’). I am the protector of women, children and travelers. Since you found me - I am yours."
People who are curious and don’t recognize what they’ve found will use the Google and figure it out.. Those that aren’t curious - well - that’s ok too.. For a moment at least maybe they’ll be surprised at what they’ve found and their minds might even stop their endless prattle - just for a single moment - a worthy goal..
I’ve started making more tonight - in September, class starts up again.. and a new cohort of Jizo’s will emerge from the fire..
I wouldn’t have done any of this at all without the generous and kind influence of my friend Marcus, who sent me a book on Jizo by Jan Chozen Bays. When I read that the author used to make Jizo statues out of clay I got inspired to give it a try.
Thanks also to my Pottery Teacher, Dale, at the Rowley Clay Studio for her guidance and instruction.
Lastly - thanks to Yoko Suzuki whose beautiful little Jizo’s give me something to shoot for..
Above is a Big Pharma ad about how much it costs them to bring a new drug to market. Untold hours in the lab. Millions and millions spent on trials.. etc.. They don’t - however - mention how much money they spend on pimping their new drugs… I digress… Very compelling ad - ending with a Dad smiling at his kid after taking a pill. Clever… No medicine - no Dad… So don’t fuck with us.
What I’d like to see now from Pharma heroes is a commercial about jacking up prices on old drugs - like Epi-pens. I’ll even jumpstart their creative process free of charge..
“You say I took The Name in vain.
I don’t even know The Name.
But if I did, well really, what’s it to ya?
There’s a blaze of light in every word.
It doesn’t matter which you heard,
the holy, or the broken,
~ Leonard Cohen - from Various Positions ~
“The past is always beautiful.
So, for that matter, is the future.
Only the present hurts, and we carry it
around like an abcess of suffering,
our companion between two
infinities of happiness
~ Michel Houellebecq - “Submission” ~