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-- 16 September, 2006 --

Koan


Koan
Originally uploaded by ** Robyn **.

How strange it is that you never see or know about something and then suddenly one incident happens and it consumes your thought thereafter.

I wrote recently about a visit with The Poet to the Art Gallery of NSW where we saw an exhibition of Zen Brush paintings. Since then Zen, calligraphy and all things Chinese and Buddhist seems to be filling my consciousness. When a Zen swap came up on Swap-bot, I just had to get involved. The challenge was quite simple really. It was just to send a card with a Zen Koan printed on it. The difficult part was to select one which I felt was 'right'. The one I finally chose was:-

One day as Manjusri stood outside the gate, the Buddha called to him, "Manjusri, Manjusri, why do you not enter?"
Manjusri replied, "I do not see myself as outside. Why enter?"

I finished off the card by painting an enso on the reverse.

Posted by robynls at September 16, 2006 3:19 PM

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very clever quote; matches the image perfectly and really brings home the meaning of the quote
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Posted by: AscenderRisesAbove at September 16, 2006 4:09 PM

Aaah, Buddha Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom

...illuminating koan, beautiful blue enso.

Posted by: Blue . [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 16, 2006 4:45 PM

Perfect, perfect.

Posted by: Karen Winters at September 16, 2006 4:57 PM

I am enlightened by your Enso!! Every day I learn something new!! Thank you for today's first lesson! elaine

Posted by: elaine at September 17, 2006 12:50 AM

It is interesting.
I saw En-Sou of double Ring for the first time.
There is no correct answer in En-Sou.
I like En-Sou of you unique.

Posted by: kuriyama at September 17, 2006 5:28 AM

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