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Apprenticing to Bright Forces
Seek not the paths of the ancients;
seek that which the ancients sought.
17th-century Japanese poet
Inspired by Basho’s instructions for the spirit for the quest, in my early teen years I embarked on a meandering 30-year journey of deeper inquiry and study — contemplative, cross-cultural, ecological, psychological, poetic. Regardless of the setting, I was always tracking something. A way of being. A way of living attuned to the creative, the numinous, the natural.
Eventually, I encountered a Buddhist woman who would become a “root teacher” for me—in creativity, in the Dharma. For over ten years, until her death in 2007, this “horse-woman”, wilderness guide, dreamer, Zen-and-nembutsu practitioner, and mentor guided me in a path of creative, psychological, and spiritual exploration.
From her juniper-shaded adobe bungalow in Santa Fe, to the shapeshifting landscapes of northern New Mexico, the work, play, and “tortilla wisdom” that was the focus of her “Dust in the Wind School” was how to be a deep-seeing poet, a deep-feeling human being, a deeply-observant creative being attuned to heart-mind.
The poems you encounter on this site are but a glimmer of that learning process…then and now.
Frank LaRue Owen (Ichinen, 一念)
If you would like to be in contact,
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