I’m a woman of multiple talents.

 

drleigh 2014

 

The banner picture on the front page is a crop from a large art piece I call “Vow of the Bodhisattva.” The original photos, copies of which I clipped from a Life Magazine coffeetable book, are undoubtedly the property of Time-Life. The credits as I am able to reconstruct them (so far) are as follows (left to right): Unknown photographer, musician playing FDR funeral, 4/13/44;dance, Margaret Bourke-White, 1936; unable to find credit, from an article about schools (I think);”Grief,” Russian war dead, Dmitri Baldermants, 1942;Matisse’s doves, Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1944; Streaker, Ian Bradshaw 2/1974; unable to find credit, from an article on nursing homes (I think).

The Vow of the Bodhisattva, as I first learned it as a teenager, goes like this:

The deluding passions are inexhaustible.
I vow to extinguish them all.
Sentient beings are numberless.
I vow to save them all.
The truth is impossible to expound.
I vow to expound it.
The way of the Buddha is unattainable.
I vow to attain it.