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love songs of a zen monk

love songs of a seeker of the light and the light.
(quoted from the album jacket)

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when the true light pierces through the self veil of the mind, that is the great moment. it is the moment of spiritual awakening. the accumulated burdens of trying to make sense of, and find lasting happiness in, a personal life that inevitably ends, simply dissolve. the great freedom from self, the great love for all things as not separate from oneself, manifests in this human world.

the songs and poems in this album attempt to express the love between a seeker of the light and the light itself. they are imaginary dialogues between the ego searching and the truth shining.

however inaccurate they may be, the songs are offered with the sincere aspiration that they may be of some benefit or comfort. my teacher may be rolling his eyes about his monk wasting time and energy describing that which is beyond words. but his kindness brings forth this gesture anyway, and i accept his blows before they are even given.

"now and then someone arises
thank you, bro"
- leonard cohen; poet and songwriter

"i am overjoyed to see the completion of this collection of songs and poems combining the fragrance of zen and rumi - a truly deep and moving offering."
- khadija marcia radin; sheikha in the mevlevi and sufi ruhaniat lineages