Sunday, July 06, 2014

When a Warrior Facing Death


Chinese calligraphy: "Death". Original work. Unframed.

I don't know anything thing about death. It is very difficult to even think about this subject. I keep my teacher Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche words in my mind: "Death is my friend, the truest of friend, a true friend that never abandons me... yet death allows life." Chinese Zen/ Pure Land Master Yin-Quang reminded his pupils to put the word "Death" on their forehead when they practice, to remember how precious life is, and how much we should not waste life.

Many great masters have talked about death, yet is is still terrifying and untouchable for most of us. However, it is something that everyone will face one day. All beings come to life will die, that is the simple, genuine truth.

Quotes by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, the Swiss-born psychiatrist and author who gained international fame for her landmark work on death and dying, regarding "Death":
"Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and to be able to grow."

"Dying is an integral part of life, as natural and predictable as being born. But whereas birth is cause for celebration, death has become a dreaded and unspeakable issue to be avoided by every means possible in our modern society. Perhaps it is that in spite of all our technological advances. We may be able to delay it, but we cannot escape it."

Facing death like a true warrior, and, celebrating life in every moment. This calligraphy: "Death" - Sumi ink on textured red color, golden flakes water-marked Chinese rice paper. 12" by 11". Signed with the seal of the artist: "happiness, wealth, and longevity".

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Genuineness

Chinese calligraphy, character: Genuineness 真.

To quote Trungpa Rinpoche's words: "the Genuine Heart of Sadness" -- that open, raw and tender part of our heart that is touched by our experience. Ani Pema Chodron said that remaining in touch with this tender, vulnerable feeling is what keeps us from becoming thick-skinned and closed-down to our experience. Staying awake and present with whatever arises creates the space for enlightened qualities of mind to manifest, such as compassion and loving-kindness. (See Gampo Abbey Blog.)

This work, sumi ink on acid-free card board, the size is 10 by 15 inches.

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Friday, July 04, 2014

"Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form"


"Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is also Form" - That arises from nothingness is real and empty of nature at the same time. 

"Koi" Series 13, mixed media on paper. See http://www.yeachin.net

Advice for Beginners

by Great Mipham Rinpoche (1846–1912)  
Kyeho! All activities within samsara are pointless and hollow—
Unreliable and fleeting, like lightning's streaking dance,
And there is no certainty as to when death will strike.
Still, since death is certain, limit idle plans and speculations,
Allow the teacher's instructions to hit home and strike a chord,
And, single-pointedly, in solitude, seek perfect certainty of mind.
Mind, which is like lightning, a breeze, or passing clouds,
Is coloured by its various thoughts of everything under the sun,
But when examined thoroughly is found to lack a basis or origin.
Just like a mirage on the horizon, it is devoid of essential nature.
While being empty, it appears; and while appearing, it is empty.
Left to settle, naturally, by itself, mind arrives at a genuine state of ease,
And, when familiarity grows stable, mind's natural condition is seen.
If devotion to the teacher grows vast, blessings will enter and inspire the mind,
And when accumulations are gathered and obscurations purified, realization will dawn—
So take this practice to heart, carefully and with constant effort!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Living Fully


Living fully in this present moment. Feeling the space in between things. Have some humor. Light-hearted but seeing clearly. The expectation of the future and the memory of the past are both fleeting, changeable. Nothing is as permanent as it seems.

Four Dots - mixed media on rice paper, mounted on board. The size is 38 by 14 in. Signed by the artist. Ready to hang.

This work is featured in the "Broad Brush: New Gestural Paintings Collection" on Saatchi Art's homepage. You can see the complete collection here: http://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Painting-Drawing/Broad-Brush-New-Gestural-Paintings/667232/77180/view 

Purchase Yeachin's work "Four Dots": http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Four-Dots/688716/1933530/view

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity


Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity - all the wonderful things we want in life. Due to the karmic connections, somehow for some people it is easier than others. However, if the mind is content, all the situations is a source of learning and joy. We can try to see things from a more positive point of view. Happiness is here and now.

Chinese calligraphy: "Happiness, Wealth, and Longevity ". Original work. Unframed.
Black sumi ink on rice paper. 10" by 19". The calligraphy itself is professionally double-mounted on another piece of acid-free paper, so the surface is totally flattened. The words of the seal are: "happiness, wealth, and longevity". Ready to be put into a frame.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Heaven, Earth, and Man


"In the ancient philosophies of both China and Japan, the three principles of heaven, earth, and man expressed this view of how human life and society could be integrated with the order of the natural world. These principles are based on an ancient understanding of natural hierarchy. I have found that, in presenting the discipline of warriorship, the principles of heaven, earth and man are very helpful in describing how the warrior should take his seat in the sacred world. Although politically and socially, our values are quite different from those of Imperial China and Japan, it is still possible to appreciate the basic wisdom contained in these principles of natural order. Heaven, earth, and man can be seen literally as the sky above, the earth below, and human beings standing or sitting between the two.

If we apply the perspective of heaven, earth, and man to the situation in the world today, we begin to see that there is a connection between the social and the natural, or environmental, problems that we are facing. When human beings lose their connection to nature, to heaven and earth, then they do not know how to nurture their environment or how to rule their world—which is saying the same thing. Human beings destroy their ecology at the same time that they destroy one another. From that perspective, healing our society goes hand in hand with healing our personal, elemental connection with the phenomenal world."

From Chogyam Trungpa - Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior (Shambhala Classics) Shambhala Publications.

This work - Original Chinese calligraphy: "Heaven, Earth, and Man." 8 x 14 in. The work is sumi ink on rice paper, mounted on another acid-free cotton rag paper. The surface is flattened. Ready to be framed. The artist's seal is: "walking in the sky".

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Forgiveness


Chinese character: Forgiveness. Forgiveness is never easy. To forgive, is to let go - let go of our holding on. If we can let go, we can move on.

It is hard to truly forgive others, or to forgive ourselves. Somehow the ego wants to hold onto something, otherwise the lightweight feeling could be overwhelming, unbearable. We think hatred makes us alive - but it is the opposite. It makes us dead, stale, not moving.

Forgiveness is powerful. It manifests tremendous inner strength.

Forgiveness. The word is composed by two characters: the suchness of mind (suchness + mind). Sumi ink on paper. 6.5 by 6.5 inches.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Dot in the Space



A dot in the space. Primordial dot. Before everything begins. Before our thoughts get complicated and tangled. Before we start getting into emotional, worried, offensive or defensive, like or dislike... A dot is a dot; a dot only. All other line and shape and form come after that. A dot is free.

Sumi ink on rice paper (bamboo paper), mounted on board. The size is 9 by 10 inches. (Ready for hanging.)

Purchase the original work from Saatchi: http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Primordial-Dot/688716/2063761/view

A related article published on "Dharma Arte": http://blogs.dharma.art.br/2012/03/dot-in-space/


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Iceberg - The Seen and Unseen World


Iceberg. The seen and unseen world. What we perceive is only a very small part of the unlimited, vast net of coincidences. Everything has to come together in a timely manner in order to make something happen. It is mysterious. However we can sense their existence.

Acrylic on rice paper, mounted on canvas. Ready to hang. 
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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Discipline


Chinese character: Discipline 戒. Discipline is everything. Without discipline, our energy is just spreading into the vast space, without a focal point. With discipline, all our effort will be like an arrow striking the target - it is not goal-oriented per se; it is just effective.

Freedom achieved through discipline. This work: sumi ink on rice paper, mounted on paper. The size is 14.5 by 18 inches. The seal is: the heart of buddha. Offering to people who would like to purchase it: https://www.etsy.com/listing/183564544/discipline-original-chinese-calligraphy?ref=shop_home_active_21

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Red Mountain


Auspicious mountain of wealth which attracts true wealth, happiness, and prosperity - that is free from aggression and attachment. Red and black: fiery, brave, fearless, and confident, full of "cool passion"; it is here and now: http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Red-Mountain/688716/2043556/view

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Gentle Land

Gentle, sweet, misty landscape of milk and honey. The richness of nature is abundant, if we take good care of it. A little heart, and less greed. Human being is part of the land after all.

Mixed media with oil on Japanese wax masa paper. My seal is an image of a bird on the right. The size is 7 by 17 in.

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Today

Chinese calligraphy: "Today" in semi-cursive style. We only have today. Today's actions can determine our future. Every moment of today is precious. Every breath is life itself.

Original work. Unframed. Sumi ink on textured Chinese rice paper. 16.5" by 13". Signed with the seal of the artist: "Chin's heart". The calligraphy itself is professionally double-mounted on another piece of acid-free paper, so the surface is totally flattened. Ready to be put into a frame.

This work is a part of an art sale. Please go to: Etsy page

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Mountain Sea Sutra

"Mountain-Sea-Sutra" 山海經. Abstract landscape. Mixed media on rice paper, mounted on canvas. 25 x 50 inches. Opening Reception: April 12, 2014, 5-7 PM. Limner Gallery abstract group show. 123 Warren Street, Hudson, New York. You are cordially invited!
Exhibition from 4/10 to 5/3/2014.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

There will be Light

There will be light when the day dawns. There is light in our minds and hearts at this moment. When night falls - the darkness of outside cannot take away the inner light. The light that is forever warm and bright.

"The notion of enlightenment is that no matter how dark the room is, even if it has been dark for thousands of years. As soon as someone lights a match, the room is illuminated." 
 - Sakyong Mipham, Shambhala Principle

Where there is light, there is hope. Chinese calligraphy: "Light" (Chinese pinyin: Guāng) in semi-cursive script style. Original work. Unframed. Sumi ink on textured Chinese rice paper, mounted on 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: "emptiness and form are inseparable".

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

One-Pointed Mind


In this day and time, it is very hard to keep our mind simple. Although simplicity might be the best thing we can do in the midst of all the distractions.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche from his book "Shambhala Principle"-
When I became overwhelmed, I would ask my father (Trungpa Rinpoche) what to do. He said, “Keep it simple.” This was one of the most powerful spiritual transmissions I ever received. He was communicating to me that I already had the answer: I could always come back to goodness. 

Keep it simple. One pointed mind is much more useful than a overwhelmed, chaotic mind. Just feel it one at a time. What we do right now at this moment. Place our mind on it. The source is goodness.

Chinese calligraphy: "Place Your Mind One-Pointedly" in semi-cursive style. Original work. Unframed. Sumi ink on textured Chinese dragon red rice paper. 13" by 14". Signed with the seal of the artist: "Buddha's heart".