Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! – Travel Haikus

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Many holiday gifts are available at my Zazzle stores – see coupon codes here!

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Travel Haikus

(1)
Seek the horizon
Never knowing what’s beyond
Explore a new shore
(2)
Adventure awaits
When leaving the familiar
What wonders you’ll find
(3)
As your travels grow
You’ll grow as a person too
Expanding your mind
(4)
Tourists rush around
Well beaten path tourist spots
Not meeting locals
(5)
Travelers stick around
Get to know the real place
See the unique

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Canvas Print Sales:


Full Moon Over Kiyomizu-dera

Up the Great Wall

Colossal Le Shan Buddha

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1 Year Anniversary and Specials!

One year ago, I started posting on seasreflectingstarlight.com!

It’s hard to believe that it was really that long ago!  The time has gone fast!  I’ve had visits from people in 61 countries, and gained over 100 followers.  All of you are wonderful, and I appreciate your support and friendship!

To celebrate (and say thank you) I have two specials this weekend:

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40% Off Zazzle Shirts – First Come Basis!

A combination of two discount codes will give one lucky person 40% off their custom Zazzle shirts!

I have a unique one-time-use code for 20% Off Shirts that I decided to offer as a gift to my readers.  The first person to use the code gets it.  Please use my referral link (costs you nothing!), and feel free to check out the shirts and other products in my Zazzle store.  The code can be used to buy any shirts on Zazzle, not just the ones in my store. Most shirts can customized, and you can buy as many as you want (in a single order) with these codes.  Finish your holiday shopping early!

ONE-TIME USE CODE: BEKCNTOHWGWNKEKSDEFC  (Valid through: 11/27/2012 4 AM PST; 20% off all shirt orders except screen-printed shirts)

AND through Monday this additional code will give you another 20% off your shirt order:  60ZCYBERSALE

ETA: As of Sunday afternoon, these codes are still valid and available.

New Gallery Page for My Art and Photography

I’ve recently added a new Gallery page to make it easier to browse through my art and photography, with all of the thumbnails linking to their respective pages (preview below).  I’ve also heard rumor that Zazzle will be offering a major Black Friday sale, which means that there will be great deals on everything in my Inner Bodhisattva store.  So if you’d love a poster, t-shirt, mug, messenger bag, mouse pad, stationary, greeting card, or anything else with my art on it, you can find a bargain this Friday. If you have any specific requests, leave me a message and I’ll get back to you.

Gallery Preview:

Browsing for a specific piece of my art? This gallery of thumbnails link to the individual pages about the images.
Art available at my Inner Bodhisattva store:

Other original art:

Design: Lantern Floating Festival

This art piece illustrates the Lantern Festival, as it takes place in Hawai’i. The Lantern Festival has its origins in Buddhist ceremonies to honor the deceased. In Japan, the practice came to be associated with the end of Obon, a celebration of ancestors. Once the practice came to Hawai’i, it came to be celebrated on Memorial Day, tying in with the holiday traditions of honoring men and women who died in the armed forces, and is celebrated by people of all backgrounds. The practice is environmentally friendly – all lanterns are gathered after the ceremony and reused.

Lantern Festival

The ceremony is quite moving.  Live musical performances build up the mood.  As the sun sets, the first few lanterns are released, soon followed by thousands of other lanterns.  Each lantern has panels inscribed with the names of loved ones now passed.  Family members carefully approach the water, sometimes with tears welling in their eyes, as they lovingly set the lantern on its journey.  Soon the whole bay is a glow with thousands of shimmering lanterns all swaying gently with the waves and currents as they slowly move out with the tide.  The crowd gazes on, memorized, until the lanterns are little luminous specks in the distance.

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Design: Amida’s Golden Chain of Love

This art piece illustrates Amida Buddha’s Golden Chain of Love.  Inspiration for this artwork came from a popular verse:

I am a link in Amida Buddha’s Golden Chain of love that stretches around the world. I must keep my link bright and strong. I will try to be kind and gentle to every living thing, and protect all who are weaker than myself. I will try to think pure and beautiful thoughts, to say pure and beautiful words, and to do pure and beautiful deeds, knowing that what I do now depends not only my happiness or unhappiness, but also that of others. May every link in Amida Buddha’s Golden Chain of love be bright and strong and may we all attain perfect peace.

The verse was written right here in Hawai’i, and is one of my favorite Jodo Shinshu verses because of its themes of compassion, unity, interconnection, peace, and love – as well as for the beautiful imagery it inspires.  May we all attain perfect peace.

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