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Yin Mandala Series

Years ago, I was playing around in Photoshop while meditating on “Yin” energy. Yin Yang is a Taoist symbol, and a good portion of my spirituality is based on Taoism (in addition to Zen/Chan Buddhism). Ultimately, I made about two-dozen variations of a single photo composite, and…


I recently rewatched the Disney movie, The Sword in the Stone, with my two partners. It’s old and a classic, I guess, but I had a big problem with it… The ending was dumb. The rest of the movie was silly, but the ending really misses the mark for modern…


I launched a Zen-inspired generative cryptoart project called Ensō last month (ensō is a Zen symbol), and I need to spread the word about the project! The generative script lives on Ethereum and is ‘powered by a smart contract’. Whenever someone purchases one from the platform (Artblocks.io), the smart contract…


The story of Fan-Frickin-Tastic

I started this story in the spring of 2020, when I and my family were under lockdowns. I wrote a few chapters, then I set it aside. …


Lots of times, I feel like I can’t keep up with my thoughts. I forget the metaphor Buddhists use for a wild mind, but it’s something involving a large and dangerous mammal. They might refer to it as a raging, wild elephant or something, and I totally connect with that.


I was recently invited to a naked yoga class by a friend. I’ll be honest, I don’t love my body, so the prospect of doing naked yoga was daunting.

So of course, I said yes. How could I not when at the simple thought of it, my pulse quickened? …


I recently started making non-fungible tokens, (NFTs) on the Ethereum blockchain. There’s a whole ecosystem for them, and most of the tools / sites that let you interact with them are visual-heavy. …


I’m trying something new by publishing serial short stories as NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain. At the most basic level, this means that these stories will be public and free, forever.

In publishingland, there’s a practice of going ‘permafree,’ which means that the published work is free on retailers, usually…


I was born in 1981, and recently, I started to carry around a coin: a Morgan Silver Dollar, from 1881.

It was made 100 years before I was born. It’s been held by people I’ve never met, who are long dead. …


Over the course of my life, I’ve apologized for a lot. Some of those apologies were very needed, but some were maybe just expected. …

Matto

Author / Publisher / Artist / Educator / Poet / Programmer / Builder. Links at https://MonkMatto.com

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