I found my journey into 'Zen' and the 'Road to Enlightenment' totally absorbing. I was merely studying the visual aspects and not the spiritual, or was I? 'Zen' is a philosophy, vast and beautiful. I did not want to study Ikebana, (or Kado), but it was through Kado that I came to understand in a small way the power of the 'Do' as in Ju-do, Aiki-do, etc. or 'The Way'. To 'see' from the 'Soul centre', creating imagery from the Soul centre in meditation became part of my working practice, part of who I am. Seeing the absolute simplicity of shape and space, geometry and colour with black and white is beautiful to me. I see this as part of the mastery of craft in the Eastern cultures. I have merely scratched the surface.
"When you practise za-zen, don't try to stop your thoughts from coming. Ask yourself only this question: 'Which is my own spirit?' " Bassui
Detail from 'Full Moon' by Lui Guosong. Courtesy of Christis's Images.
'Peacefulness' by Zhou Luyun.
"Zen embraces a profound philosophy of self-awakening and freedom from man's egocentric perception of the world"
The nature of 'things' is called emptiness.
'The Way is beyond language,
for in it there is
I love some of the philosophies of Zen. Working directly onto the silk in meditation was not just a visual process but something much more meaningful and deep; it meant something to me. I knew I would have to find the 'Zen of Tankers' - a book perhaps??
'Enlightenment comes from practice,
Thus Enlightenment is limitless;
Practice comes from Enlightenment,
Thus practice has no beginning'
All from 'The Origins of Wisdom', Zen Buddhism, by O.B. Duane.