In hectic, high-pressure times the importance of slowing down and listening cannot be overstated. There are many avenues by which we can find our way inward and develop stamina and strength so we can set our own pace. Marc Saldana is a teacher and purveyor of the inner ways.
Marc will be sharing some poetry with us at our next Art Show in a Dojo (in two weeks!). Marc was inspired early on by the writings of Kahil Gibran and he writes poetry as a means of more deeply understanding himself and his relationship to what and who is around him. He says his poetry is “a voice of the witness within me.” Marc studied Tai Chi for ten years and was certified by Dr. William Bowen of Palomar College in 1999. He teaches Tai Chi at Kaizen Dojo on Wednesdays. His skill in poetry and Tai Chi are, I think, epitomized in his performance of a piece that is an unexpected blending of these two mediums which he performed at our last Art Show in a Dojo this summer.
Marc is also involved in building portable shrines with his father-in-law Gregory Campbell. Gregory is lay ordained in the Zen tradition and the author of Womanhood is Holy - A Condensed, Occasionally Poetic Exploration of The Divinity of Humanity In a Stuttering Attempt to Reveal The Ultimate Truth of Women, Children, and Men. Greg and Marc share a deep interest in male maturity! (I interviewed them briefly via email and this statement made me, for a number of reasons, smile.) They make custom shrines for people as reminders of one’s central life focus, of the still center, of tenderness and beauty.
Marc and Gregory will display some shrines as examples and be available for discussion of the importance, meaning and methods of building custom shrines at:
Art Show in a Dojo 2 | Kaizen Dojo | 1824 w 182nd Street, Torrance, CA | Nov 18, 2012 from noon - 5pm
Come and join us. For more info: