The Queen of Swords

understanding a great deal about both the great triumphs, and the deepest failings of the race. Her clarity and measured expression will be of great value at times of confusion and sadness.

a widow, or a woman passing through the aftermath of divorce

coldness, judgementalism, criticism

perception and insight. I

can feel uneasy, discomforted and awkward when being observed by her.

absorbed by the intricacies of the process of life

Struggle to seek behind that mask for the whole being beyond.

Look hard at yourself. You take up roles. Use this day to begin to identify them clearly. Examine the way that you feel differently in each situation. And recognise that though each of those roles is an expression of you, not one single one of them IS you.

Then take that realisation beyond you into the world…….

Two Monks Rolls Up the Screen

Hogen of Seiryo monastery was about to lecture before dinner when he noticed that the bamboo screen lowered for meditation had not been rolled up. He pointed to it. Two monks arose from the audience and rolled it up.
Hogen, observing the physical moment, said: `The state of the first monk is good, not that of the other.’

Mumon’s Comment: I want to ask you: Which of those two monks gained and which lost? If any of you has one eye, he will see the failure on the teacher’s part. However, I am not discussing gain and loss.

When the screen is rolled up the great sky opens,
Yet the sky is not attuned to Zen.
It is best to forget the great sky
And to retire from every wind.

Uncanny X-Men (2011) #1

Penciller (cover):
Carlos Pacheco
Orig. Published:
November 02, 2011
The Story: (hide) What is to become of the mutants who side with Cyclops after the big split? And what does it have to do with the resurrected Mister Sinister?

I bought this at Alakazam after much hemming and haaing. It is never a good idea when I cannot decide if I really want to read a comic.

I am totally against the book split & this episode is just plan horrible. I love sinister–I despise the press release & the attempt to make it seem serious–more character, less plot is my mantra for this book in 2012.

Uncanny X-Force (2010) #17

Writer: Rick Remender
Penciller (cover): Esad Ribic
Colorist: Jose Villarrubia, Dean White, Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Corey Petit
Editor: Jody Leheup
Orig. Published: November 09, 2011
Format: Comic
UPC: 5960607227-01711
Price: $3.99
The Story: (hide) The Dark Angel Saga: Part 7 Archangel is ascended. The betrayer has turned the tide. The World will be opened. Realities will clash. Life will be lost. Love shattered. Do not miss this or we will find you! The boss team of Rick Remender (Venom, Fear Agent), Jerome Opeña (Punisher, Fear Agent) and Dean White (Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man) are reunited to bring on the bad guys!

I bought this at Alakazam. Read it at Peet’s as soon as I could. Another amazing issue of this series. I am absolutely in love with what remender is doing with these characters.

Art back to Opena [again] continues to be awesome.

This is still the best Marvel book that I know of.

Liberty Annual 2011

Edited by Bob Schreck and Greg Tumbarello
48 pages, color
Published by Image Comics

I got this at Alakazam. Took me a while to get around to reading it–I feel like I have to buy this because of CBLDF, but I am not sure I really enjoy it anymore–seems so old school–like we have been over these issues so many times…wish that something new would come up.

Glamourpuss #21

(W/A) Dave Simm
Where’s Cerebus? Find the hidden aardvark in this issue (literally dozens of dollars to be won!). Also, glamourpuss’ first report from inside Kingston Penitentiary where she’s awaiting trial on cocaine trafficking charges. Meanwhile in the History of Photorealism in Comic Art section, the events of 6 September 1956 continue to unfold.
Format: COMIC
Price: $3.00
UPC: 736211239693

I picked this up at Alakazam. I read it on a Sunday morning.

Easily the best issue in a while.

The jab at Neil is brutal and precise. The entire issue is starting to resonate into a series–things are starting to get interesting.

Preaching from the Third Seat

In a dream Kyozen went to Maitreya’s Pure Land. He recognized himself seated in the third seat in the abode of Maitreya. Someone announced: `Today the one who sits in the third seat will preach.’
Kyozen arose and, hitting the gavel, said: `The truthof Mahayana teaching is transcendent, above words and thought. Do you understand?’

Mumon’s Comment: I want to ask you monks: Did he preach or did he not?

When he opens his mouth he is lost. When he seals his mouth he is lost. If he does not open it, if he does not seal it, he is 108,000 miles from the truth.

In the light of day,
Yet in a dream he talks of a dream.
A monster among monsters,
He intended to deceive the whole crowd.