Peter the Rock|
LINC-66E: Cloud-Based Tools
Instructor: William Cavada
Fall 2020, Foothill College
By Peter Y. Chou
René Magritte, "Clear Ideas" (1958)
"Leap into the Great Dark" (1995)
|Description: René Magritte's surreal painting "Clear Ideas" (1958)
is one of my favorite paintings. I like the
idea and image of the rock suspended in space between the cumulus cloud and the sea.
The solid rock should sink into the waters. But here it is magically uplifted in the air.
In her first Stanford Poetry Workshop (1-27-2010),
Poet Laureate Kay Ryan
asked the students to introduce themselves.
When I told her to call me "Peter Rabbit", she said "You're Peter the Rock".
I'm trying to live up to that noble calling
and am using it as the title of this web page. In May 1995's Adobe Photoshop 3.0 class,
we were told to make a montage from 5 images. Took a photo of myself meditating
on top of Mt. Lao in Italy, cropped my image and poured a wall of rocks into me.
Placed the Orion Horse Nebula in my hand, and the winged horse Pegasus (symbol of poetry)
leaping across the galaxy. Gave the title "Leaping into the Great Dark"
to symbolize the mystery of creation and the adventure of exploration.
||Video on a Hobby (Enlightenment):
interviews with Joseph Campbell:
BILL MOYERS: Slay that dragon in me?
What's the journey I have to make,
to make, each of us has to make? You talk
about something called the soul's high adventure.
JOSEPH CAMPBELL: My general formula
for my students is, follow your bliss, I mean,
find where it is, and don't be afraid to follow it.
BILL MOYERS: Can my bliss be
my life's love, or my life's work?
JOSEPH CAMPBELL: Well, it will be your life.
||Video: Swami Chinmayananda on Awakening:|
Hubert Jessup: WCVB "New Heaven, New Earth"
interviews Swamiji Chinmayananda (1974):
Chinmayananda answers questions on God,
Realisation, Meditation & Life. Realising God is
rediscovering one's nature. Using example of a
bud transforming into a flower and then to a fruit,
he indicates the need to transcend the mind and
intellect. Chinmayananda's message to students is
"Shut up! and Get out!" Many will be offended,
but Swami says "Shut up your noisy intellect in
silent meditation. Get out of your little egocentric
desires to experience your Higher Cosmic Self."
I attended over 100 lectures by
on the Bhagavad Gita
and Upanishads in Boston.
He told me Jessup's interview was the best he had.
||Web Link to Favorite Site (Music):
KDFC 104.9 FM: Classical Music:
I wake up each day listening to KDFC Radio's Classical Music.
Often I'll bookmark favorite pieces in my haikus (see below).
If I miss the composer or player, their Playlist will supply the references,
including link to CD to purchase the music. I like to link to
YouTube listening to the music as well as watching other
conductors and performers. There is not a nice recording of Gustavo Dudamel
the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. He has been Director of Los Angeles Phiharmonic
(since 2009) & talks about his performance at Hollywood Bowl.
Links to four conductors of Beethoven's 5th Symphony below.