Snapshots L.A.

VIRGIN OF GUADALOUPE SIXTH STREET

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Photography Copyright John Fritzlen

ROHATSU 2013

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Last night, between two and four thirty, the wind blew strong, rattling the  leaves so loudly that it seemed certain we had rain. But the day dawned bright, cold, and dry.

Hazy Moon Zen Center, Rohatsu Sesshin 2013

Western Ave. #1

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Western Ave. #1

Photography Copyright John Fritzlen

ROHATSU

In many Zen communities it is traditional to participate in a sesshin ( meditation retreat) called Rohatsu. This particular sesshin commemorates the Buddha’s enlightenment which is traditionally said to have occurred on the morning of the eighth day of the twelfth month. The sesshin usually runs from the first of December until the morning of the eighth. It is an intense and inspiring experience grounded on the fact that whatever realization/awakening transpired for the Buddha is available to each of us. Each day begins well before dawn and ends at nine in the evening.

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Sakyamuni Buddha saw the morning star, and was enlightened, and he said, “I, and the great earth and beings, simultaneously achieve the Way.”*

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Two sesshin participants immediately after finishing the eight day retreat in 2012.

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Photographed at The Hazy Moon Zen Center, Los Angeles

Photography Copyright John Fritzlen

*The Record of Transmitting the Light, Zen Master Keizan’s Denkoroku

Translated by Francis H. Cook

CROSSING #2

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Koreatown

Photography Copyright John Fritzlen

EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS PLACITA OLVERA

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La Placita Olvera, Los Angeles

Photography Copyright John Fritzlen

MEETING SECRETLY

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8th St, Koreatown

Los Angeles

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ABOUT

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Anyone could have

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 of which

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whisked into thin air

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no other way

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Photographs Copyright John Fritzlen

CROSSING

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Oxford and Wilshire, Koreatown

Los Angeles

Photography Copyright John Fritzlen

FRIDAY NIGHT BIKE RIDES

When I was growing up we lived on our bikes and rode in packs everywhere…the movies, fishing, friends’ houses, the parks. Your bike was a part of you. Then age 15 hit, you got your drivers license and goodbye bike. It’s very interesting that a lot of young people now aren’t bothering to get car licenses. Whatever the reasons, they love their bikes more than cars. I love it.

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One of the places you can see  this happening is the last Friday night of every month at the corner of Wilshire and Western. From all directions several thousand riders arrive.

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  They then take off together, shepherded by the cops.

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It’s a terrific get together, full of energy, friendliness.

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It made me feel good just to be there photographing.

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The ride is sponsored by a group called “Los Angeles Critical Mass.” Here’s a link to their site.

http://lacriticalmass.org/

All Photography Copyright John Fritzlen