Friday, September 30, 2011

Good Moon

This picture is a combination of Chinese calligraphy with abstract images: good, moon, light, and mountains. The wording of the calligraphy: Good, 好, in grass script style. The seal on the left is an ancient Chinese pictorial word of "moon".

Good moon - bright, gentle, cooling, pure, peaceful and eternal (compassion). A good moon represents many wonderful qualities. It is a symbol of enlightenment. According to the legend, the first king of Shambhala, Suchandra (Tibetan: Dawa Sangpo), requested teaching from the Buddha. In response to his request, the Buddha gave him the teaching of Kalachakra tantra (the Wheel of Time). By practicing the Kalachakra the whole Shambhala became an enlightened society. Suchandra, literally means "Good Moon".

Sumi ink on rice paper, mounted on canvas, the size is 15 by 12 inches.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Having Fun

Living fully in the moment. Having fun. There is no other moment is better than "Now"; no other place needs to go, besides here. If I keep chasing after my hope and expectation, I will just lost in my fear of gaining or losing it.

Chinese calligraphy: 盡興. The real meaning is "having greatest fun!" The wording itself is in semi-cursive script style.

Sumi ink calligraphy on Shikishi board, which is ready to be framed; 10.75" by 9.5". With golden edge.

The seal is a fish, which symbolizes freedom.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Endless Wanting

We make so many things so important for us... Everything. One day the conditions change, all of a sudden we realize that they are not so important any more - they are just "things", one thing after another, endless desires and endless holes, all become endless memories.

How can we fulfill the hole of the bottom of our heart? Maybe just to see it clearly as what it is.

Chinese calligraphy style: Wu 無 (Japanese: Mu) - Nothing; No; Not; None. Mixed media (metallic silver) on canvas. The size is 15 by 15 inches, mounted on stretchers.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"Nothing Special"

In memory of a wonderful pioneer Zen teacher: Charlotte Joko Beck, who peacefully passed away on June 15, 2011, at the age of 94. According to her students, among Beck’s last words was this statement, ”This too is wonder.”

Extract from her book: "Nothing Special" -

Waking up means realizing that our situation is hopeless - and wonderful. There is nothing for us to do except simply to live this second.
Sooner or later we realize that the truth of life is the second we are living. In a sense, our life has no duration whatsoever: we're always living the same second. There is nothing but that second, the timeless present moment. With that realization, each second is a source of joy. Without that realization, each second is misery."

Chinese calligraphy: Wu 無 (Japanese: Mu) - Nothing; No; Not; None. Red ink on gold metallic ground. The size is 24 by 24 inches, mounted on board. The seal is a round red bird on the left.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Dream-like Phenomena

"All Conditional phenomena, Just like dream and illusion,
Like bubbles, and shadows,
also like dew and thunder;
We should see it just like that."

From Buddhism Diamond Sutra.


Mixed media with metallic gold color on rice paper, mounted on hemp canvas; ready to hang. The size is 24 by 34 inches. The seals are: "walking in the sky" on the right, and "emptiness and existence are non-dual" on the left. Singnature: Chin's heart.