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Michael Erlewine: Brief History of Work
<p>This is a brief history of some of my work, created asa kind of resume in 2008. Just want it on record.</p>


UAC 2018 Program
<p>UAC Program</p>


The Tashi Prayer -- Eight Auspicious Ones
<h1><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>This prayer is called “The Verses of the Eight Auspicious Ones” is commonly known as the “Tashi Prayer.” It is a bit long and frequently recited before undertaking any task or trip. It has a lot of hard-to-pronounce names in it that are part of the lineage, so it’s a bit of tough sledding until you get to know it. Some of you might like to have it, so here it is in a printing version (2-sided).</strong></span></h1>


The Tashi Prayer Eight Auspicious Ones
<p>This prayer is called “The Verses of the Eight Auspicious Ones” is commonly known as the “Tashi Prayer.” It is a bit long and frequently recited before undertaking any task or trip. It has a lot of hard-to-pronounce names in it that are part of the lineage, so it’s a bit of tough sledding until you get to know it. Some of you might like to have it. This is the Laptop Version</p>


The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma (printing version)
<h1>This is a common prayer as used by the Karma Kagyu Lineage. This version is 2-sided, printable, and in rectangular pecha format.</h1>


The Four Thoughts That Turn the MInd to the Dharma (laptop version)
<h1>This is a common prayer as used by the Karma Kagyu Lineage. This version is 2-sided, in rectangular pecha format forlaptop use.</h1>


Refuge and Bodhicitta Prayers (printing version)
<h1>This is a common prayer as used by the Karma Kagyu Lineage. This version is 2-sided, printable, and in rectangular pecha format.</h1>


Refuge and Bodhicitta Prayer (laptop version)
<h1>This is a common prayer as used by the Karma Kagyu Lineage. This version is in rectangular pecha format for laptops.</h1>


The Four Immeasurables *printer version)
<h1>This is a common prayer as used by the Karma Kagyu Lineage. This version is 2-sided, printable, and in rectangular pecha format.</h1>


The Four Immeasurables (laptop version)
<h1>This is a common prayer as used by the Karma Kagyu Lineage. This version is  in rectangular pecha format for use on laptops.</h1>


Dedication Prayers (2-sided, printable version)
<p>This is a common dedication prayer as used by the Karma Kagyu Lineage. This version is 2-sided, printable, and in rectangular pecha format.</p>


Dedication of Merit (for Laptop use)
<p>This is a dedication prayer in both English and Tibetan-Transliteration that is common in the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism THe prayer is in pecha format.</p>


Mahamudra Lineage Prayer for Laptop Use
<p>Here is the Mahamudra Lineage Prayer in PDF format for laptop use, i.e. for viewing on a laptop page by page.</p> <p>The translation comes from several sources and is pieced together to give (IMO) the best meaning.</p>


Karma Kagyu Prayers
<p>Here are several prayers used in the Karma Kagyu Lineage daily. This is a PDF that will print on any 8.5x11 paper, but it prints double-sided, so if your printer will not do double-sided, take it to Staples and they can do it for you.</p> <p> </p> <p>INCLUDES:</p> <p>The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the DHarma</p> <p>The Four Immeasurables </p> <p>Refuge and Bodhicitta</p>


Mahamudra Lineage Prayer (for Printer)
<p>Here is the Mahamudra Lineage Prayer in PDF format that will print out on any 8.5x11 Paper in Tibetan pecha format. This IS double-sided, so if your printer does not do double-sided, take it to Staples and they will do this. </p> <p>The translation comes from several sources and is pieced together to give (IMO) the best meaning.</p>


Schneider Digitar Lenses
<p>Schneider Digitar Lenses</p>


Nikon Close-up Equipment Brochure
<p>Nikon Close-up Equipment Brochure</p>


NIkon Brochure for Large Format Lenses
<p>NIkon Brochure for Large Format Lenses</p>


B&H Brochure on Large Format Lenses
<p>B&H Brochure on Large Format Lenses</p>


Nikon Brochure for APO El Nikkor Lenses
<p>Nikon Brochure for APO El Nikkor Lenses</p>


Schneider Brochure on the Mcro Varon Lenses
<p>Schneider Brochure on the Mcro Varon Lenses</p>


Nikon Brochure on APO El Nikkor Lenses
<p>Nikon's brochure on their APO El Nikkor Lenses, some of the finest highly corrected lenses for close-up and enlargers.</p>


Heart Center Studio
<p>This is a visual tour of the Heart Center Studio, built and designed by Michael Erlewine. </p>


Nikon Brochure for Industrial "Printing Nikkors"
<p>Here is one of the Nikon brochures for their industrial scanning lenses, called "Printing Nikkors."</p>


Comparing the APO Printing Nikkor Lenses
<p>This is a brief, illustrated by graphs article on the Nikon lenses know best as the Printing Nikkors. They were originally used to scan and copy color films and movies in the highest definition. The major five Printing Nikkors are discussed along with graphs as to how they result.</p>


Dharma Blogs 2018 Winter
<p>The dharma and astrology blogs of Michael Erlewine for 2018, Winter, 163 Pages, 63 articles.</p>


Samye Monastery and the Guru Rinpoche Caves
<p>Travelling to Samye Monastery, Tibets oldest monastery and climpling the Chim-Puk, the Guru Rinpoche cave.</p>


The Crystal Cave of Guru Rinpoche
<p>The story of our climb to Crystal Cave (SHel-Drak) in Tibet in 1997, said to be the first meditation cave for Guru Rinpoche.</p>


"Staying Alive"
<p>A look at diet and exercise for those with health conditions or who are aging, like me.</p>


The Loss of Substance
<p>Michael Erlewine explains how he approached various addictions, including caffeine, alcohol, sugar, drugs, cigarettes, overeating, and meat.</p>


Test Results for a Few Close-Up lenses
<p>This is a short essay on what is needed for my work in close-up photography. Many free e-books are available at this linke:</p> <p> </p> <p>http://spiritgrooves.net/e-Books.aspx#Photography</p>


Lenses for Close-Up and Macro Photography
<p>An update of the original book on closeup and macro lenses done in 2014. This has many more essays and more lenses, as well.</p> <p> </p> <p>239 pages, many illustrations.</p>


DHARMA BLOGS Fall 2017, Part 1
<p>A series of 37 blogs (145 pages) on dharma by Michael Erlewine</p>


Full-Phase Aspects
<p>A radical new way to look a chart using full-phase aspects.</p>


Mahamudra: My Story
<p>The author’s personal experience with Mahamudra training and experience over 30 years working with an authentic Tibetan lama.</p> <p> </p> <p>Michael Erlewine is an Internet pioneer and well-known archivist of popular culture, founding the largest music database in the world (AllMusic.com), one of the two largest film databases (AllMovie.com), the largest Rock n’ Roll concert poster database (ClassicPosters.com), and many others.</p> <p> </p> <p>Erlewine has studied Buddhism since the 1950s, and practiced it for over 40 years, and is director of the Heart Center for meditation instruction since the 1980s. Trained in the Karma Kagyu system of Tibetan Buddhism, Erlewine has practiced Mahamudra Meditation for 29 years under the guidance of Karma Kagyu Teachers.</p>


Dharma Blogs 2017 Spring
<p>Dharma Blogs 2017 Spring with Michael Erlewine, 203 pages and 74 articles</p>


Dharma Blogs 2015 Winter by Michael Erlewine
<p>A series or blogs and articles on dharma, dharma training, music, astrology, and photography by Michael Erlewine.</p>


Dharma Blogs 2015 Spring with Michael Erlewine
<p>A series of 52 articles (258 pages) on dharma, dharma training, and other topics in 6x9" format.</p>


Dharma Blogs for 2015 Summer by Michael Erlewine
<p>This is a series of 52 short articles on dharma, dharma training, and other topics by author Michael Erlewine.</p>


Dharma Blogs for the Fall of 2015 with Michael Erlewine
<p>A collection of dharma, dharma practice, music, and astrology blogs from the autumn of 2015 in easy-to-read 6x9" fromat for laptops and iPads..</p>


Dharma Blogs for 2017 Winter by Michael Erlewine
<p>A collection of blogs on dharma practice, music, and photography by Michael Erlewine</p>


Dharma Blogs 2016 Spring with Michael Erlewine
<p>A collection of blogs on dharma and dharma practice by Michael Erlewine given in the Spirng of 2016</p>


Dharma Blogs for the Summer of 2016 with Michael Erlewine
<p>A collection of blogs on the dharma (and some other topics) by Michael Erlewine for the Summer of 2016</p>


Dharma Blogs 2016 Fall
<p>The collected series of blogs for the Fall of 2016 by Michael Erlewine as posted on Facebook and Google+.</p>


Dharma Blogs 2017 Winter
<p>This is a series of blogs on dharma topics and related subject during the Winter of 2017 by Michael Erlewine.</p>


Dharma Grooves: Liberation Through Seeing
<p>This is a talk about liberation through seeing, and the message here is meant to be a catalyst, rather than to make any particular point or answer. It is about liberation through whatever we do in life, like: what we do each day. I’m not saying this approach is for everyone, but I am saying that it may be useful for some of you. In particular, those who struggle with practicing dharma too formally and are having trouble with enthusiasm.</p>


Photography as Meditation
<p>This is intended for meditators who are having difficult learning the standard way, and presents an alternative approach, in this case, using photography</p>


May Erlewine and Seth Bernard at the Wealthy Theater
<p>May Erlewine and Seth Bernard perform at the Wealthy Theater in Grand Rapids, Michigan as photographed by Michael Erlewine. Performance: May 21, 2010.</p>


How to Learn Astrology Part II, Advanced
<div class="postbody"> <div class="content"><br /> 588 pages, 429 illustrations, paperback, available on Amazon.com<br /> <br /> This second volume in the "How to Use Astrology" contains more advanced material and supplementary materials include full-phase aspects, in-depth cycle analysis, including the Saturn cycle, Saturn to the angles, large chart patterns. Also, how to set up an astrological business, perform astrological readings, and much more. Advanced views of the lunation cycle and the retrograde phenomenon are also covered. 588 pages, 429 illustrations.</div> </div> <dl id="profile121" class="postprofile"> <dt><strong>Location:</strong> Big Rapids, MI</dt> </dl> <div class="back2top"> </div>


New Series: Close-Up Lenses for the DSLR: Volume Two
<p>I am working on a series of small books that show what various close-up (ones I use) lenses do at each of the main apertures. This may not be useful to anyone, in which case ignore it. But for those trying to decide where to put their money in lenses, it could be a help. This first booklet includes lenses I have talked about often. Following soon are a whole bunch of enlarger-style barrel lenses, some that are remarkable and cost relatively very little.<br /> <br /> [P.S. Make sure your browser can open the PDF. You may have to install a reader. Google Chrome has changed some things in this regard.]</p> <p> </p> <p>El Nikkor 63mm f/2.8</p> <p>Schneider APO Digitar Componon-S f/4</p> <p>Schneider APO-Rodagon 90mm f/4</p> <p>Schneider 120mm Digitar-N f/4.5</p> <p>Schneider 120mm Digitar-M Macro  f/5.6</p> <p>Carl Zeiss 74mm S-Planar Macro f/8 to f/64</p>


Close-Up Photography and the DSLR
<p>This is Volume One of a short series that offers images at various apertures for a group of very fine lenses for close-up work. These are large images, so you can see what happens at each of the various apertures for some special lenses.</p>


Heart Center Studios
<p>Here is a description of our studio here in Big Rapids, Michigan</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>


Meeting Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
<p>How fortunate to have come across someone like Khenpo Rinpoche in the sea of life in which I found myself, although it was anything but an accident. In fact, believe it or not, Rinpoche first came to us in a dream. Here is the story:</p>


Karma and the Alaya Consciousness
<p>A selection of 29 dharma articles by Michael Erlewine, with an emphasis on the concept of Karma and how it relates to the Eighth Consciousness (Alayavijnana) or Storehouse Consciousness.</p>


FOR SALE: Audio and Video Studio in Big Rapids, Michigan
<p>IN YOU ARE INTERESTED</p> <p>BROWSE THE BROCHURE</p> <p>(1) SEND ME AN EMAIL <br />(2) I WILL SEND YOU MY PHONE<br />(3) WE TALK<br />(4) YOU VISIT THE STUIO</p> <p> </p>


Photography: Shooting One Layer or Few/Many Stacked Layers
<p>This is one of those topics that get me running in circles. What are my best options, taking a traditional single-shot photo or stacking an image? And if I stack, should it be many or just a few layers. I thought it interesting to go over some of the options. </p>


Dharma Blogs 2015 by Michael Erlewine
<p>A selection of dharma blogs and stories from 2015 by Michael Erlewine  on various topics, including Yidams, Terma, Khenpo Gangshar, Rebirth, Lunar Cycle, Impermanence, Vipassana, Karma, Shines, Gaps… fifty articles in all</p>


KTD Dharma Goods Catalog
<p>When KTD Monastery (Karma Triyana Dharmachakra) was being built, they did not have the ability to do mail order business. KTD members Michael & Margaret Erlewine, along with translator Ngodup Burkhar and calligrapher/ artist Sange Wangchuk and his wife Tseten built a complete dharma goods business run out of the Heart Center KTC dharma center in Big Rapids, Michigan. It was called KTD Dharma Goods, and it ran for many years until KTD was able to take it back in-house. Here is their original catalog.</p>


Astro*Talk Magazine
<p>Here are the covers of some of the our publication “Astro*Talk,” a periodical newsletter that reached out to something like 14,000 readers every so often as part of my company Matrix Astrological Software, a company still going strong today, although no longer under my direction. I thought some of you astrology buffs might like to wander through the past a bit. I am amazed that I published these in linen stock and in full-color and sent it through the mail. I know it that it cost a small fortune. Somewhere in the 1990s it became too expensive to do. Design credits to Michael Erlewine, Tom Erlewine, and Martin Machnowski </p>


The Legendary Dinner Menus from Matrix Software
<p>Back in the 1980s, the fledgling computer software company Matrix Software, the home of the first astrology software to all comers, Matrix had a weekly dinner every Firday night. Here are some of the menus from that time, just for fun.</p>


Sacred Images: The Dharma Art of Sange Wangchug
<p>Sacred Images: The Dharma Art of Sange Wangchug, </p> <p>Volume 3: Detailed artwork for creating Tibetan-style Pecha Sadhanas</p>


Sacred Images of Sange Wangchug: Volume II: Dharma Art Resource
<p>These images were hand-drawn by Sange Wangchug for Sacred Dharma use, and to be shared only with those who will treat  them with respect. This, the second volume is more decorative. The first volume contains the deity images. Please enjoy, but read the stipulations </p>


The Sacred Images of Sange Wangchug
<p>These images were hand-drawn by Sange Wangchug for Sacred Dharma use, and to be shared only with those who will treat  them with respect and not alter them.</p>


The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind
<p>The “Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind Toward the Dhama,” also called the Common Preliminaries and the Four Reversals are considered by many as the place to begin understanding, learning, and practicing the Dharma. Not some scholarly doctrine or list of imperatives, the Four Thoughts are already familiar to most people as part of their deepest inner sense of reality.</p>


Beginning Dharma Practice
<p>A series of easy-to-read and understand articles on how get started practicing dharma, where and how to begin.</p> <p>Michael Erlewine has studied Buddhism since the 1950s, and practiced it for last forty years, running the Heart Center for meditation instruction since the 1980s. Trained in the Karma Kagyu system of Tibetan Buddhism, Erlewine has worked practiced Mahmudra Meditation for  27 years under the guidance of Karma Kagyu teachers.</p>


Tibetan Mind Training: Selected Articles
<p>Here are a series of nineteen articles written in 2015 by Michael Erlewine, all focused on Tibetan Buddhist mind-training methods, and geared for the beginning and intermediate practitioner. They are easy to read and understand and are based on hands-on practical experience rather than abstract theory.</p>


Small Worlds: The Garden
<p>THis ia an album of photos taken in a large garden of friends.</p>


Ann Arbor Folk and Blues
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">The folk and blues music scene in Ann Arbor, Michigan (and some jazz) as told by Michael Erlewine, founder of the All-Music Guide, historian for the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, and author of the award-winning book on the first two Ann Arbor Blues Festivals and much more.</p>


Training the Mind: Book Four in a Series of Four
<p class="MsoNormal">Mind-Training, using the mind to look at the mind, is not just for meditators anymore, but is going secular. Tibetan Buddhist methods of mind training are useful to anyone willing to learn them. Here is a series of very-short, easy-to-read, articles on training the mind, many of which can be used at any time in our busy work schedule, and not just on the cushion.  </p>


Training the Mind: Book Three in a Series of Four
<p class="MsoNormal">Mind-Training, using the mind to look at the mind, is not just for meditators anymore, but is going secular. Tibetan Buddhist methods of mind training are useful to anyone willing to learn them. Here is a series of very-short, easy-to-read, articles on training the mind, many of which can be used at any time in our busy work schedule, and not just on the cushion.  </p>


Training the Mind: Book Two in a Series of Four
<p class="MsoNormal">Mind-Training, using the mind to look at the mind, is not just for meditators anymore, but is going secular. Tibetan Buddhist methods of mind training are useful to anyone willing to learn them. Here is a series of very-short, easy-to-read, articles on training the mind, many of which can be used at any time in our busy work schedule, and not just on the cushion.  </p>


Training the Mind: Book I of a Series of Four
<p class="MsoNormal">Mind-Training, using the mind to look at the mind, is not just for meditators anymore, but is going secular. Tibetan Buddhist methods of mind training are useful to anyone willing to learn them. Here is a series of very-short, easy-to-read, articles on training the mind, many of which can be used at any time in our busy work schedule, and not just on the cushion.  </p>


Mahamudra -- A Story
<p class="MsoPlainText"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">A personal account of learning Mahamudra Meditation through close-up photography.</span></p>


The Illustrated Guide to "Dharma Stuff"-- Rupas
<p class="MsoNormal">The Illustrated Guide to Dharma Stuff is a series of free e-books, each of which is devoted to a particular type of dharma paraphernalia, in this cases “Rupas” or statues used for deity practice and other practices.</p>


Karma Kagyu Lineage in Web Order
<p>This version is for viewing on the web in the correct order.</p>


The Kagyu Lineage in Pecha Format for duplication
<p>This version is best for creating a Tibetan-style pecha-format booklet of the lineage.</p>


Handbook on Close-Up and Macro Photography
<p>This is an extensive and fully-illustrated handbook to close-up and macro photography, including panoramas and focus-stacking, with photographer Michael Erleiwne from MacroStop.com.</p>


Small Worlds: Various Close-Up and Macro Images, Vol. 3
<p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">A variety of close-ups and macro photography images, including focus-stacking, by photography Michael Erlewine</span>. </p>


Small Worlds: Various Close-Up and Macro Images, Vol. 2
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">A variety of close-ups and macro photography images, including focus-stacking, by photography Michael Erlewine</span>.</p>


Small Worlds: Various Close-Up and Macro Imagines Vol. 1
<p>A variety of close-ups and macro photography images, including focus-stacking, by photography Michael Erlewine.</p>


Small Worlds: Ever Green
<p class="MsoNormal">The majority of the plant world is green, offering some of the most subtle and lovely colors of them all. This album is filled with gentle green plant images. </p>


MacroStop: Focus-Stacking Examples in Macro Photography
<p>An album of close-up focus-stacking with photographer Michael Erlewine. Many hi-res images with text and comment introduce various concepts of focus-stacking, and discuss some of the important lenses used in this technique.</p>


Small Worlds: Buddhist Shrine
<p class="MsoNormal">Most of these photos were taken at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery (KTD) in the mountains above the city of Woodstock, N.Y.  KTD Monastery is one of the largest Buddhist monasteries in North America, the seat of His Holiness the 17<sup>th</sup> Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje.</p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">In you live in the area or travel to upstate New York, take time to visit KTD Monastery and take in all of the incredible painting, artwork, statues, and traditional buildings there. </p>


MacroStop: Retouching Stacked Photos (macro and Close-up Photography)
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 6pt;">An in-depth introduction to retouching stacked-photos in Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, and Zerene Stacker. Forty pages of text with copious hi-res illustrations and diagrams by well-known photographer Michael Erlewine.</p>


MacroStop: MIcro-Contrast in Photography
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; color: #404040; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">“Micro-contrast” is a very popular term considering it has no formal definition that I can find. Some even claim it doesn’t exist. Nevertheless it has become increasingly important in my photography work. Perhaps I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; color: #404040; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">What follows are some thoughts I have been having about local satisfaction -- micro-contrast. It seems that everything these days is going local, locally grown foods, and so on. And this even extends to photography and what has been called local contrast, more frequently termed micro-contrast.</span><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; color: #404040; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><br /> <!-- [if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><br /> <!--[endif]--></span></p>


Small Worlds: Echinacea
<p><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Well known close-up and macro</span><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 11.199999809265137px;"> photographer Michael Erlewine offers a series of large images, "Small Worlds," this e-book are hi-res images of Echinacea. Free tutorials, e-books, and video tutorials on photography can be found at MacroStop.com </span></p>


MacroStop: The New Zeiss APO Lenses for Close-up Work
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">The New Zeiss APO Lenses for Close-up Work</span></p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">This is a look at the new Zeiss APO lenses,<span style="color: #282828; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"> the Zeiss Otus 55mm APO, the Zeiss 135mm APO, and the Zeiss Otus 85mm APO as the can be used for close-up photography. Lots of images and detailed discussion, as well as comments on using these lenses for stacking focus or one-shot photos. With Photographer Michael Erlewine from MacroStop.com.</span></span></p>


MacroStop.com: The CRT Nikkor-O Lens and Images
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; color: #333333; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Well known close-up and macro</span> photographer Michael Erlewine offers a series tutorials on photography. In this album, imagines and explanation about the Nikon CRT Nikkor-O lens is presented.</p> <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; color: #333333; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Free tutorials, e-books, and video tutorials on photography can be found at MacroStop.com</span></p>


Small Worlds: Flowers (Macro and Close-Up Photos)
<p><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Well known close-up and macro</span><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 11.199999809265137px;"> photographer Michael Erlewine offers a series of large images, "Small Worlds," this e-book are hi-res images of various flowers. Free tutorials, e-books, and video tutorials on photography can be found at MacroStop.com</span></p>


Small Worlds: Sentient Beings Vol. 1 (Macro and Close-Up Photography)
<p><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Well known close-up and macro</span><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 11.199999809265137px;"> photographer Michael Erlewine offers a series of large images, "Small Worlds," this e-book are hi-res images of various critters. Free tutorials, e-books, and video tutorials on photography can be found at MacroStop.com</span></p>


Small Worlds: Calla Lily (Macro Photography)
<p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Well known close-up and macro</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 11.199999809265137px;"> photographer Michael Erlewine offers a series of pure images, "Small Worlds," this e-book are hi-res images of the plant Calla Lilies in flower. Free tutorials, e-books, and video tutorials on photography can be found at MacroStop.com</span></p>


Small Worlds Photos: The Poppy (Macro Photography)
<p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Well known close-up and macro</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 11.199999809265137px;"> photographer Michael Erlewine offers a series of pure images, "Small Worlds," this e-book are hi-res images of the plant Cyclamen in flower. Free tutorials, e-books, and video tutorials on photography can be found at MacroStop.com</span></p>


Small Worlds: Cyclamen (Macro Photography)
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Well known close-up and macro</span> photographer Michael Erlewine offers a series of pure images, "Small Worlds," this e-book are hi-res images of the plant Cyclamen in flower. Free tutorials, e-books, and video tutorials on photography can be found at MacroStop.com</p>


WORDS MAKE SENSE (PDF-2247)
<p>Just because I am offering to work with some Facebook readers on meditation one-toone does not mean the rest of you are going to miss a beat with the dharma postings. This is not an either/or, but rather more like a both/and sort of thing.</p> <p>In my life, the best English wordsmith I know of is William Shakespeare, but it is not just his choice and juxtaposition of words that strikes me. It is the clarity of his thought which he was so kind to share with us. The Buddhists offer this same kind of clarity and even more in my experience. Buddhist offer not only the clarity of thought from their tradition that we may taste, but, better yet, they also show us how to improve and clarify our own minds, something the Shakespeare only does indirectly. This fact is precious.</p>


WILD BILL (PDF-2240)
<p>I don’t even know his last name and I have known him for many years. “Wild Bill” is the only name I have ever called him. Well, sometimes I call him “William.” Every festival or gathering has many ingredients, many people, and many talents. All I can say is that Wild Bill is an essential ingredient and like those Swiss Army or Leatherman knives, he can pretty much do everything and anything. The stories of Wild Bill are legendary.</p>


WHY NON-THEISM IS NOT ATHEISM (PDF-2239)
<p>I want to talk about non-theism, which is not the same as being an atheist. Atheists declare there is no god, period, end of story. Non-theists, such as Buddhists, say there is no being separate, higher, or 'essentially' different from our own being. Whatever there is out there, it includes us as an equal member. That is a real difference.</p> <p>As for a definition of non-theism, I love the statement by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in his recently published seminary transcripts:</p> <p>"That is what is meant by non-theism; nobody is going to save you."</p> <p>Amen! This is so much better a definition than feeling I have to argue with those of you who believe in god that there is no "god," or that I believe that there is no one up there pulling strings who did not start out like us. That's not the point. Non-theism is not atheistic; it is, as mentioned, non-theistic. Whatever is going on in the universe includes us as an equal part, not as a subordinate piece. Any subordination is something that can be remedied.</p>


WHY BUDDHISM IS NOT A RELIGION (PDF-2238)
<p>I know that Buddhism is classified as a religion, but having studied it for over 37 years I am here to say IMO it is not. I was raised Catholic and that my friends is a religion. Buddhism acknowledges no higher power then your own mind. It has no ‘God’ or deity up there that you have to please or otherwise suffer the consequences. Conversely there is no one that can save you other than your own self. It is up to you. Buddha was not a god and never became a god. He died like we all will and was quick to point out that he is no different from you and me. We all have Buddha Nature. Even worms do! Buddhism has no creation myth and is not concerned about finding a beginning or an end to anything but suffering and ignorance. There is no starting point or ending point to cyclic existence and this world. Cycles by definition have no beginning and no end. There is no time of a first creation and no creator. Buddhism in concerned only that we realize the true nature of our own mind. It is not concerned itself with where we came from (or when) and where we are going (the next life).</p>


WHO YOU ARE (PDF-2236)
<p>The above poem was written years ago just for fun. Still, every once in a while I wonder who it is I am and why I am here, as I imagine we all must do from time to time.</p> <p>At heart, I believe I am an American Transcendentalist, albeit a straggler. Of course Transcendentalism came all in a bunch in the early 1800s with the likes of Emerson, Thoreau, Amos Bronson Alcott, and others. If I belong in that group at all, I am just an outrider of that age, a latecomer that just now has managed to show up. I would place myself (in other words I admire) in the lineage of Alcott as a conversationalist, Emerson as an essayist, and Thoreau as a naturalist. I am just about a century too late. And why transcendentalism? That is simple.</p>


WHO EATS OATS (PDF-2235)
<p>Here in Northern Michigan, especially in winter, we do! And morning oatmeal is the way it happens. But all oatmeal is not created the same. Those of you who love oatmeal will read on, while those of you who don’t really know it yet probably won’t. I am not going to flood you here with why oats (and especially whole oats) are healthy. You can get that on the web. What I will point out is that there are different kinds of oatmeal available and how they differ.</p>


WHERE TOO MUCH IS JUST ENOUGH (PDF-2234)
<p>Not too long ago I was visiting my grandkids in Ann Arbor, where I grew up. While poking around the streets there I was shocked to find that the alleys running behind the houses there have pretty much ceased to exist. Well, actually the alleys are still there, but the lush, wild, and superfluous vegetation that we still struggle to subdue here in Big Rapids (where I live now) is all but gone in Ann Arbor. They have managed it out of existence. Now I am not talking about the smelly narrow downtown alleys behind commercial buildings where dishwashers hang out to have a cigarette. Not places like that. I am talking about the old two-track dirt alleys running behind residential blocks where the garbage truck comes down once a week. Those alleys here in Big Rapids, Michigan are still wild places, overgrown with weeds and flowers.</p>



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