3.4 Buddhism: Tolerance by liberation of idiosyncratic concepts
The series 22 Zen Meditations to stop Time has been inspired by the beliefs and philosophies of the Far East – Tantra, Tao, and Zen Buddhism.
Though of different paths, they all have a common essential trait – the attainment of Oneness or Unity.
The three religions related to Patriarch Abraham teach and instruct the believer how to attain the One, by following a corpus of commandments and prohibitions. Thereupon the status of man is of extreme importance in comparison to the other living Creatures.
Man is formed in the image of the Creator; Christ is God and Man, stressing the salvation of the believer who reunites with God.
Mohammed (The Praised One) is believed to be the last prophet, who reveals and transfers the Word of God – The Koran.
The three religions have also in common side-trends, which emphasize the importance of the loving heart and the ability to communicate with everything existent. Jewish kabala and Hassidic stories, Christian Franciscan Ethos and Islamic Sufism share the spiritual experience of unity by the gradual abolishment of separateness.
In the endeavor to overcome the illusion of separateness and thus experience Oneness, the three side-trends resemble the great Philosophies and Faiths of the Far East. The extremely significant contribution of the Eastern Philosophies is their teachings to build the Inner Temple, in which transience becomes the field of perpetual experience aiming to denote the Way as the ultimate Goal, Transience as the Ineffable Eternity.
The series of Zen Meditations is formed of twenty-two paintings following the traditional old Tarot Major Arcane. Each painting constitutes a brick in the interminable building within transience to explore Infinity.
The Artworks are listed for sale on Saatchi Art
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3.4.3 The Mandala: 15 Masks and flowers – art photography
By Ayelet Payento inspired by Dorit Kedar’s Mandala series
The closing series of Buddhism presents an imaginative Mandala, suggesting the intricate journey of the Book, hopefully leading towards a better understanding of inter-religious tolerance.
The first part – Chaotic Animals, Flowers, Death mask – symbolizes chaos and mental death caused by stereotyping, fixations, prejudice and discrimination. A static state of mind cannot form part of the eternal dynamic flux of Life and Death cycle. Furthermore the attempt of the static mind to reduce all phenomena to an idea fix, paradoxically, brings forth chaos, tragedy and even premature death.
The second part – Vase with breasts, withered flowers, Tantric Evil masks – presents the byproducts of the static inflexible mind such as anger, envy, avarice that results from the inability to give up personal desires, and refusing to adapt one’s
modus Vivendi to the ever changing waves of Life and Death.
The third part – Zen Insights, Vase and Ascetic Flowers – refers to Zen teachings which may increase creativity by improving the contemplation of the world and the cultivation of inner harmony, helping in deciding when to act and when not.
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