"Clay is molded to make a vesselpears
but the utility of the vessel
lies in the space where there is nothing…
thus, taking advantage of what is,
we recognize the utility of what is not"

                                   Lao Tsu



"When we stand on top of the mountain, gazing at the sunset, we can clearly see the dazzling colors and shapes of clouds draped over the distant mountains, yet at the same time, we also feel the warm evening breeze touching our bodies, we smell the dampness of the mountain pines.... all sensory experience contribute to our experience of the sunset. It may be that we have to turn the camera away from the sunset and photograph our big toes, or some other image that evokes the totality of the experience of the sunset... the composer who is locked into only the visual phenomena of the sunset may miss the heart of what was actually being experienced.... This is why wholebody and mind seeing is so important."

                                                                 John Daido Loori

dosojinZenga/Nanga painting

"True art always imparts a deep message as profound and universal as that revealed in the most venerable religious text, or the most challenging philosophical treatise. It is a misconception to think of Zen art as a pleasant diversion from more 'serious' forms of religious and artistic expression. On the contrary, a single Zen brushstroke by an enlightened master can reveal a new reality to the viewer."
                                                        John Daido Loori

"If only you could hear the sound of snow..."

                                                        Hakuin Ekaku


"There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun."

                                                                                                                                                   Pablo Picasso


" To bring [A] sense of thusness into a painting, poem, orteapiece of music
gives it a vitality that is easily experienced, although difficult to pinpoint, it
may be only an instant in time, a moment out of the constant flow of life.
But to sense thusness and to be able to express it brings it into our own
                                                                              John Daido Loori



"What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things... it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface."

                                                                              Constantine Brancusi


"The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do."

                                                                              Henri Moore

"When the time came for me to work with larger spaces, I conceived them as gardens, not as sites with objects but as relationships to a whole."

"In our times we think to control nature, only to find that in the end it escapes us."

                                                                              Isamu Noguchi


chadoTea ceremony (Chado)

" I realized that the tea ceremony was a manifestation of the merging of host and guest.... A well-performed tea ceremony will provide the participants with the taste of certain qualities of the artless arts. To the eye of an experienced tea master, the tea bowls display wabi and sabi, qualities that have become synonymous with the Zen aesthetic. Wabi is a feeling of loneliness or solitude, reflecting a sense of non-attachment and appreciation for the spontaneous unfolding of circumstances. It is like the quiet that comes from a winter snowfall, where all the sounds are hushed and stillness envelops everything. Sabi is the suchness of ordinary objects, the basic, unmistakable uniqueness of a thing in and of itself."

                                                                      John Daido Loori


"With a spray of flowers, a bit of water, one evokes the vastness of rivers and mountains."
                                                                     Ikenobo Sen'o
                                                                     Master flower arranger


Calligraphy (Shodo)

"When we talk about beautiful and ugly, usually
we are talking about conventional aesthetic values.
An artist is always playing with this, trying to get
away from conventional standards and explore
something unknown- something that may commonly
be regarded as ugly or a failure."

                                               Kaz Tanahashi



















"As Basho said, 'In writing, do not let a hair's breadth separate you from the subject. Speak your mind directly; go to it without wandering thoughts.' For an instant, the artist opens to the ineffable truth of Zen. With the self out of the way, the world advances a step."

                                                                                                                                            John Daido Loori








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