Tathāgata is the name the historical Buddha used when referring to himself while he was alive. Literally, it means both one who has thus gone, and one who has thus come. Hence, the Tathagatas are beyond all coming and going. It is asserted by some that the name really means one who has found the truth. The Buddha of the scriptures is always reported as referring to himself by "The Tathagata" instead of using pronouns (me, I, myself). This serves to emphasize by implication that the words are uttered by one who has transcended the human condition, and is beyond the otherwise endless cycle of rebirth, beyond all death and dying, beyond all suffering. Click the Image to view it closer.
Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy. You must love the crust of the earth on which you dwell more than the sweet crust of any bread or cake. You must be able to extract nutriment out of a sand-heap. You must have so good an appetite as this, else you will live in vain. The Joy in life is half as sweet without the sour times. This painting is painted on a desk drawer I found in the street, and was originaly concieved as a self portrait. Click the Image to view it closer.
Every woman has an animus within her psyche, this being a set of unconscious masculine attributes and potentials. While the anima tends to appear as a single female, the animus usually consists of multiple male personalities. The process of animus development deals with cultivating an independent and non-socially subjugated idea of self. Click the Images to view them closer.
Anima development is about the male psyche opening up to emotionality and a broader spirituality, by creating a new conscious paradigm that includes intuitive processes, creativity and imagination, and psychic sensitivity towards himself and others where it might not have existed previously. Click the Image to view it closer.
Falling in Love can be like opening a book for the first time. Love transforms you, so that all the colors of the world seem like you've never properly seen them before. Click the Images to view them closer.
Imagine if everyday objects had the ability to trancend their functionality; if an object's mundane repetitive existence had the ability to overcome it's fate, and adapt. In this assemblage, I have given a normal bowling pin the ability to sense and avoid an oncoming bowling ball. I have always been interested in the aesthetics of misapplied technology. Click the Image to view it closer.
This year I made all of my Christmas presents out of "found materials" from around my house, like broken jewelry, old cigar boxes, marbled paper, & old mini liquor bottles. I ground up some crayons in a coffee grinder & filled the bottles with different colors. I then labeled the bottles with different intangible ideas or concepts, like "Moonlight" and "Gravity." Here are photos of the boxes I gave to my mother, my sister, and my girlfriend. Click the Images to view them closer.
Contact me if you are interested in buying one of these. I'm personalizing them & selling them for about $25-$35 each.
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