Wednesday, March 05, 2014
"Be kind in the morning; be kind during the day; and be kind in the evening." There is tremendous power there. Just like bamboo, gentle but strong. With kindness, we will have no regret later in our life; we can respect ourselves and help others. We can feel good.
"Bamboo in the Wind"- Sumi ink on paper. With my seal, which is an image of a bird on the left corner. 10 x 10".
Monday, March 03, 2014
Every day is a good day, every moment is a good moment. Every moment is so subtle, and precious, that we can use it in infinite ways: to have a good thought, bad thought, nasty thought, noble thought, or neutral thought... then, from that thought, the action, either virtuous or non-virtuous, will follow. Then we create our "Karma" - "action" in Sanskrit.
The mystery is: it is so ordinary, there is actually no mystery. Every moment is decided by us.
Meditation has taught me that we always have the opportunity to seize the moment. The greater trust we have in ourselves, and the more conviction we have in our goodness, the more strength we will have to seize it. With self-doubt and lack of conviction, our past negative actions gain momentum and the joy of the present is awash in doubt and fear. Then the future looks dismal. If we as humanity feel good about ourselves, we will grab this particular moment with great conviction before it washes away. Each of us holds human destiny in our hands. It will be completely determined by how the mind feels about itself.
"The Shambhala Principle", by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Chinese calligraphy, "Meditation-Zen"(in Japanese), or "Chan"(in Chinese) in semi-cursive style.
Sumi ink on rice paper. The size is 15 by 15 inches. Signed with the artist's seal "the heart of buddha", and my name "Chin".
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Going west: be luxurious, generous, and bold. In Vajrayana Buddhism, the Five Buddhas Families, also known as the Five Wisdom, represent five distinctive energies. West is red, it is fire, it is lotus; it is magnetizing, and subjugating. It could be seductive.
According to Trungpa Rinpoche, "True Perception", he said:
"True padma (lotus) art is very luscious and colorful, absolutely brilliant color. It also has curves and shapes. One stroke of color doesn't make your mind interested in it, but padma art has curves, like a lotus."
Going West - Mixed media with permanent ink and acrylic on rice paper mounted on canvas. Signed with the seal of the artist on the front. 36 x 36 x 1.5 in.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
This original work is inspired by the simple but elegant Zen art. The energy is moving upward. In a long winter season like this, be aware of our energy. Raise energy through some form of exercise, and relax with the elements.
This work: is done with permanent sumi ink on rice paper, mounted on acid-free Somerset England paper. Signed with the artist's seal, an image of a bird. The paper size is 15 × 22 in (unframed). The actual image size is 14 × 18 in (actual image size).
Monday, February 24, 2014
Chinese calligraphy: "Remembering" in semi-cursive style. Original work. Unframed.
Remembering my teacher's wise words; remembering my parents; remembering where I came from; remembering the kindness of the world; remembering sunshine and moonlight; remembering we are worthy and good. remembering love and friendship; remembering who we are and where we are.
Permanent black sumi ink on textured Chinese rice paper, mounted on acid-free Somerset England paper. The paper size is 11" by 15"; the actual image size is 9" by 14". Signed with the seal of the artist: "Tao".
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Shooting stars cross the night sky. When was the last time I stare at the sky? Running around under this infinite winter sky, all my seemingly important activities are so petty and trivial. Breathe in, the cold winter air fills my lungs. How sweet the smell of the fire wood...
Acrylic on rice paper, mounted on board. 17.5 x 17.5 in. Signed with the artist's seal: an image of a rabbit, on the front. Ready to hang.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014
Years ago I did an unusual series of some eerie "Face" lithography work- for the joy and suffering of human beings. Still, we see the world is in turmoil, people are bleeding, struggling for a more dignified life. Can we ever have peace? Where will it come from? Can we find deep within ourselves that we all have something good in common? Can we cherish that and trust that?...
For the hope of the world-
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Friday, February 21, 2014
In our mind and heart, we already have the the seed of awakening - like the seed waiting for the spring rain to sprout. We all have tremendous goodness inside. It is there, never diminished. We can recognize the goodness and cultivate it.
Chinese calligraphy, "Buddha" in semi-cursive style. Black sumi ink on rice paper. The size is 13 by 14 inches. Signed with the artist's seal "the heart of buddha."
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Memory of spring. An atmosphere of the spring green mountains. Everything is gold. The spring is coming eventually - towards the end of the winter. It has been an unbearable long winter in the North America.
"Composed in Spring" by Robert Burns (1786) :
Come Winter, with thine angry howl,
And raging bend the naked tree;
Thy gloom will soothe my chearless soul,
When Nature all is sad like me!
This green/gold painting is done with acrylic and golden colors on rice paper, mounted on canvas then on board. The surface is dust and UV protected with archival varnish. Ready to hang.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Walking Dragon. Walking through space with confidence. Walking with pride. We are worthy; we are basically good and wholesome.
This original work was lithography. Inspired by the energy and force of the Chinese calligraphy. For purchasing a high quality giclee print, please go to my art page at the: Saatchi Art.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
People went through some serious illness or other unusual circumstance knowing that time is not really as solid as we think it is. Especially when we recall the past memories of our lives, everything is so vivid; it is like they never diminished in any way.
If the understanding of time is not linear, instead, it is always present, like some people who has been there and come back telling us... Then, we might have more compassion, more forgiveness, more understanding, and less regrettable actions... We might appreciate every moment and everyone more deeply.
What is "time" on this blue horizon? What is the meaning of our life? If is not for love?
Blue Horizon, time is endless. Love is so.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Love doesn't suffocate us. True love requires nothing in return. Love is giving endlessly; love is specious; love is letting go.
From Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche: "Happy Valentine's Day to Everyone. This is a great day to celebrate love. I hope no one is missing love but rather able to embrace love. If we want to embrace love there is the entire universe and infinite beings to do so with. This is as heartwarming and fulfilling as being in love. Love is the light of the world that dispels the darkness of our hearts and brings joy and meaning into our lives. So I hope everyone is celebrating this universal day of love."
In the mood for love - Fire Lotus. Enjoy the heat and warmth of love.
This work: Inspired by the Zen art and Chinese brush stroke painting. Simple marks says a lot. Original etching on acid-free Somerset printing paper. Limited edition of 30. The actual size of the image is 6 by 6 inches, paper size is 11 by 15 inches.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Let's make a big splash, a big, distinguished mark! This is our life, be brave, be yourself! Every mark is unique and invaluable. No matter what happens, it's all good!
Original work: Sumi ink on raw silk, mounted on acid-free paper. The size is 11 by 13 in. The seal is an image of a bird.