Documentary: Japanese Buddhist Sculpture

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Documentary: Japanese Buddhist Sculpture

Post by Meido » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:34 pm

A fantastic and needed documentary project examining Japanese Buddhist sculpture, for those so interested:

https://www.carvingthedivine.com/

I was happy yesterday to talk with the director for a Carving the Divine TV short episode. We discussed Zen, and the ways in which Rinzai practice uses Buddhist iconography not just symbolically, but as a source of encoded information RE body, breath, and the physical and energetic transformation that come with practice fruition. That bit will be posted in the next few months; he is interviewing scholars and practitioners from other Buddhist schools as well. One may sign up to be notified when weekly episodes are released, here:

https://www.carvingthedivine.com/landin ... ail-signup
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Re: Documentary: Japanese Buddhist Sculpture

Post by Queequeg » Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:35 pm

Wonderful. Thank you for the notice!

My wife is an art historian and studies Japanese art, particularly Buddhist images, so I have the great fortune to tag along with her on research trips where I get to take in the breathtaking art in temples and other collections.

Anyone who has looked at a carving by Unkei up close, as well as all those other great works of art throughout Japan, understands that Japanese Buddhist sculpture is one of the great cultural achievements of humanity. Excellent subject for a documentary.

This documentary looks very cool and look forward to seeing your interview on the TV show!
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

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Re: Documentary: Japanese Buddhist Sculpture

Post by Meido » Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:14 pm

My pleasure...sounds like you and your wife will definitely enjoy this.

I'm a fan of Kamakura-era sculpture. There's a Fudo Myo-o image in the Art Institute of Chicago that I've had a long "relationship" with since my early 20's. The sculptor could never have imagined that his work would end up half a world away, so far in the future, and have such a deep impact on someone. But so it happened, and I'm grateful:

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It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of insight into one’s true nature, but uncommonly difficult to function freely and clearly [according to this understanding], in motion and in rest, in good and in adverse circumstances. Please make strenuous and vigorous efforts towards this end, otherwise all the teachings of Buddhas and patriarchs become mere empty words. - Torei

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Korinji Rinzai Zen Monastery [臨済宗 • 祖的山光林禅寺] - http://www.korinji.org

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