Tag Archives: Zen

Abstract Art and Spirituality – my story

Just as pure abstract art is not dogmatic, neither is it decorative.      Piet Mondrian Why abstract art? My family and some friends just can’t fathom and shrug their shoulders. “You actually can draw so well, why you keep painting these strange meaningless things?” I can’t blame them, most of my young life I hated abstract […]

“Samurai Manjushri” – poem and explanation

It’s not the meekness in his eyes, I know! He holds a sword or two or even more… To sever vanity and greed in single blow, And all the rest delusional galore! I am at the altar, kneeling in repentance, I take my oath, abandoning the pray…    And sword of truth so steady and […]

Happy little elephant – haiku

Not belonging anywhere, not fitting in, Yet free and happy, just like a little yellow elephant, Floating through the colorful sky… I painted this piece while volunteering at Dream Community, Taiwan – lovely and unique art center. This little happy elephant kind of just jumped through me onto a medium sized piece of wood, I […]

“The Moon” – Liberated! Zen symbolism in real life

The references to “The Moon”, “Reflection of the Moon” and “Finger pointing to the Moon” are very common in Zen teachings. I really like these symbols, in my opinion, they pretty much describe the very core of our existence as people in the society and the source of our constant and pervasive dissatisfaction. “The Moon” […]

In my world – being at peace

Now IT is always here. The shine and peace, permeating everything, invisible and yet undeniably present structure to everything, suffused with something that doesn’t really have an accurate description in our language and can only be remotely conveyed by the word “Love”. But it is not a human love, it is deeper, more pure, it […]

“Th” inquiry or the burden of national identity

If you are a non-native speaker of English you probably had problems with that pesky “th” sound, which is produced by sticking out your tongue in totally strange and awkward way. Despite spending many years in the English-speaking environment, I could never master it, and still often say “ze” instead of “the” which immediately reveals […]

Revelation of solitude

Most spiritual teachers of the past and present gone through a period of solitude and isolation from the society. And at some stage, many of us will feel the urge to go somewhere quiet and be alone for some time. I remember the feeling that came about 6 years ago after living in a busy […]