A loong cycling journey from Brooklyn to Jorusalom, where the O’s are bicycle wheels, continued into Egypt, 1st to the climate conference COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, on to the pyramids in Giza, Abusir and Saqqara and then up the Nile soourcewards.


First exploratory walk in Uzunköprü ‘long bridge’. Colourful market. The bridge is closed for repair.


In Edirne the guide i met, worked at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) There are many people involuntarily migrating in the world. In support of the very valuable work by the IOM, here is their latest annual report


A beautiful rendition of a poem about the importance of living of the Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet Thanks to professor Sabina Knight, Melike Dönertaş and Zoe Marmara here with the subtitles on




I beg to urge you, everyone:

life-and-death is a grave matter,

all things pass quickly away;

each of you must be completely alert:

never neglectful, never indulgent.

This is the evening message of sesshin (the Zen retreat), called out by a senior member of the assembly just before lights-out. It expresses three concerns of the Zen student: first, being alive is an important responsibility; second, we have little time to fulfill that responsibility; and third, rigorous practice is neces­sary for fulfillment.

Evening Message, Daily Zen Sutras, Diamond Sangha, Honolulu and Haiku, Hawaii.

From Taking the Path of Zen, Robert Aitken, North Point Press, San Francisco, 1982 Copyright ©️ 1982 by Diamond Sangha.

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