Thursday, 19 May 2011


Hello! My name is Buffy. Ask me about curses.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer,  episode 1, Season 6

The Buddha preached enlightenment and compassion, and recognised how hard it is to break free from the world, which has no concern with enlightenment and compassion.

The Japanese writer Mishima said:

In my earliest years I realised life consisted of two contradictory elements. One was words, which could change the world; the other was the world itself, which had nothing to do with words.

Dogs roam free in many Buddhist temples of Asia, where humans come to contemplate among the serene graven images of the Buddha and the temple animals. We are a species trapped between contemplation and action, between Buddha and his black dog.

Curses and spells belong not to the world but can change the world. Welcome to the world of curses and spells: they have been with us since we became human and they will be with us as we cease to be.

My other blogs are

A Glasgow Album - a photoblog drifting in a melancholy manner around the city
a series of photographs of dogs tied up outside shops and other places (not too melancholy)