"The power of the light
within must vary with the individual; the lighting of the lamp
is the purpose of Zen Buddhism, and the light is Zen."~C.Humphreys,
Zen Buddhism, (pg. 39.)
The path through the above picture's
Shop leads to the lighted lamp.
"BRIAN & VAN" and
"THE BOYS" are represented
on the original SMiLE album cover by the wave-framed seven smiles
outside the SMiLE
"Having returned to the
West Indies - we always got them
confused..."~unused SMiLE lyrics
as described by artist
"Up at his house there is considerable re-
construction--the place is becoming a struct-
ural symphony Western in origin with
Eastern overtones."~Derek Taylor
"There was...'Cabin Essence'
with its eerie
Aaron Copland-like segues into 'Who Ran
the Iron Horse' and the Zen-like 'Have You
Seen the Grand Coolie Dam' sections..."
~Nick Kent, The Dark Stuff
"The legendary story of
the origin of Zen in India runs as follows: Sakyamuni was once
engaged at the Mount of the Holy Vulture in preaching to a congregation
of his disciples. He did not resort to any lengthy verbal discourse
to explain his point, but simply lifted a bouquet of flowers before
the assemblage, which was presented to him by one of his lay disciples.
Not a word came out of his mouth. Nobody understood the meaning
of this except the old venerable Mahakasyapa, who quietly smiled at the Master,
as if he fully comprehended the purport of this silent but eloquent
teaching on the part of the Enlightened One."
~Zen Buddhism: Selected Writings Of D.T. Suzuki,(pg.
"For Mahakashyapa's smile was not an
ordinary one such as we on the plane of distinction often exchange;
it came out of the deepest recesses of his nature, where he and
Buddha and all the rest of the audience move and have their being.
No words are needed when this is reached. A direct insight across
the abyss of human understanding is indicated. Our smiles are sense-bound
and on the surface of our consciousness, they are like bubbles,
they come and go, but Kashyapa's smile is the singing of the bird, the blossoming of
the cherry, the rustling of a breeze through the autumn-leaves,
the murmuring of the waters along the winding mountain stream."~D.T.
Suzuki, Essence Of Buddhism,(pg. 26.)
"It is further said that
the Wisdom which this smile revealed was handed down through the centuries
by twenty-eight successive Patriarchs...Many of the intervening
Patriarchs were mighty men in the world of Indian thought, and
Asvagosha, Nagarjuna and Vasubandhu, to name but three, will be
honored as long as Indian wisdom is preserved."~C. Humphreys,
Zen Buddhism, (pgs.24 & 25.)
"Love cures people - both
the ones who give it and the ones who receive it."-Karl Menninger
The Smile That You Send Out
Returns to You
as in India)
from the back cover of
The twenty-eight patriarchs
10. Bhikshu Parsva.
13. Bhikshu Kapimala.
16. Arya Rahulata.
24. Bhikshu Simha.
taken from Zen Buddhism: Selected Writings Of D.T. Suzuki,(pg.
SMiLE's SMiLE Shop contains twenty-eight smiles.
"...Oneness (that is, the
effacement of every concept of self and other)..." ~Philip
Kapleau, The Three Pillars Of Zen,(pg.313.)
"When this state of mind
is realized comes at last comprehension of the spirit of the ancient
patriarchs." ~Philip Kapleau, The Three Pillars
The SMiLE Shop album cover is a paradox.
It is a pop art piece of Americana steeped in Zen symbolism,
SMiLE's West-East paradox.
The SMiLE Shop's "OPEN" sign invites
one onto the path that leads beyond the
Opposites(represented by the male and female shopkeepers.)
The blue and white tiles at the bottom of the
Shop actually lie behind the SMiLE Shop.
"Imagine a multidimensional spider's web covered with dewdrops.
Every dewdrop contains the reflection of all the other dewdrops,
and in each reflected dewdrop are the reflections of all the other
dewdrops in that reflection, and so on, ad infinitum. That is
the image of the Buddhist concept of the universe. The Japanese
call that ji ji muge. Ji means a thing, event, or
happening. Muge means "no separation." So, between
happening and happening there is no separation: ji ji muge."
-Alan Watts, Buddhism: The Religion Of No-Religion,(pg.28.)
"It (satori) is the plane whereon Jijimuge is reality..."
"...he breathed heavily, his hands
in his lap, eyes staring nowhere."
~ Goodbye Surfing, Hello God!
"The drug is only one component
of a psychedelic session. Equally important is the mental and
spiritual preparation, both before and in the course of taking
the drug. The authors find no need to invent new mental and spiritual
materials for this purpose. The great literature of meditation
lends itself very well to this use. This particular manual uses
for this preparation material from THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD."~from
the back cover of The
Psychedelic Experience by Timothy
Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Richard Alpert.
'"Not many people take more
than three or four trips a year. Some fast a little beforehand,
or read Huxley or dwell on Zen koan to limber up the brain;
others say they concentrate mainly on their own psychological
Farrell, "Scientists, Theologians, Mystics Swept Up in a
Psychic Revolution." LIFE, March 25, 1966:
The Good Humor SMiLE Site!