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The Meaning is not in the Words, 2018
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The Meaning is not in the Words, 2018

Price: $350.00

Size: 11x7.5"

Media: Ink on Yupo

I made this piece at Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, February 2018. 

I prepared my materials and then began as I always do: I lit a candle, offered incense, invoked the muse & Qwan Yin: bodhisattva of compassion, the mother of all buddhas, the divine feminine who I consider to be the trans bodhisattva (she manifests as different genders at will). I sat with paper and ink ready and waited, in connection with my body and the larger world, aware of the Connecticut River meandering just outside, connecting my flow with that flow. Eventually some impulse arose and compelled me to move. I poured one color at a time, sometimes leaning in close and moving the ink with my breath.

About the title

The title comes from sacred poetry, a Buddhist sutra called the Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, which I learned & chanted when I was living at Green Gulch Farm / Green Dragon Zen Temple on and off from 2014 to 2018.

About the signature

This piece was photographed before I signed it, but you may be curious to learn that it is signed "Betsy McCall 2018" in the lower right hand corner. I made the original before I received my dharma name and started going by Suiko. Because this was before my name change, it is additionally unique! For more about my name change, take a look at my blog posts.



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