If a Phrase of the Sutra Fills Your Heart… – May 5, 2017

  “If a phrase of the sutra fills your heart it will be an aid to reaching the other Shore.  By deeply reflecting on and mastering the Dharma it will become a great vessel for crossing over.  Being able to see and hear the Dharma follows upon its joyful reception, as a vassal always follows after his lord.  Whether somebody follows it or goes against it, they will finally be able to achieve liberation through…

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Chapter V – Part 1 – If They Have Not Yet Done So

 This chapter opens with the parable about the cloud of rain that waters the plants in the land.  Even though the plants have many differences they all are equally nourished by this rain.  Early on in this project I did a piece of art which I donated to Myokei Shonin, Bishop of NONA.  In the parable mention is made of roots, stems, branches and leaves of trees and grasses.  This often does not get explained…

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Chapter IV – Part 2 – Treasury of the Buddha Law

The translucent layers in both of the art pieces are representative of the multiple layers, the various ways of being in our lives.  In each case nothing is completely covered over, nothing is eliminated and especially in the last piece every layer is required in order to form the whole.  So too in our lives all of our outward self, our actions and behaviors are integral to who we are, even if they may at…

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Chapter IV – Part 1 – Never Had Before

Chapter IV is written from the voice of the Pratyekabuddhas, the elders of the Sangha.  This group of people and the World, in the Ten Worlds, it represents is sometime called the self-enlightened or the contemplatives.  In both of my art pieces for this chapter I used translucent layers in a variety of ways.  The idea was to show how even though our appearance or behavior at times seems to not be that of the…

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