In the next three posts, I will present the content of my talk at the
annual gathering of the
Northwest Dharma Association.
The evening of talks was entitled "The Arts as Buddhist Practice"
Only a teacup of the ocean of Buddhist art is here represented.
Hakuin : Mu
When you make a shape or a line, do so with the space in mind. This is the key.
Yu Chien : Clear Morning
Without this spacious basis, the artist is bound to be working instead from more distraction.
and his body, mind and the wood, in that brief moment, adjust to plumb.
Note : What I have expressed here has formed in my mind over 40 years of painting, sitting and study. Some of the ideas may be familiar to you. In the last post (March 2, 2014) I included a bibliography, which is made up from books on my shelves. It's not at all exhaustive. I did not want to complicate the post with footnotes. Feel free to contact me about any of my comments. In this particular post, some ideas are paraphrased from writings of Ananda Coomaraswamy, John Berger, Michael Conklin, Donald Kuspit, Shin'ichi Hisamatsu, and from the artists shown.