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Offline jura

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Illustrated Book on Koans
« on: September 05, 2013, 02:15:46 am »
Hi


I have had fun finding Koans over the last few years and exploring them through my painting. I understand that the response to a Koan is a personal one and it is perhaps unhelpful to influence other peoples responses. However, the paintings I have produced to some degree show how the response can be formless and not deeply analytical. They are a simple emotional response, and like the Koan, do not demand an explanation. They are what they are, inspired by the Koan.

I am desperate for some feedback, as I live in a remote part of Scotland. I have made the paintings into an E Book which is free to download.

The link is http://www.portraits-paintings.co.uk

Any comments, good or bad, are welcome!

Best Wishes

Jura

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Re: Illustrated Book on Koans
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2013, 03:24:26 am »
Sadhu!

Thanks for your generous share here!
Not so much into Koans, there are plenty everywhere but it give much rise to mudita and to say ANUMODANA when a generous deed is done.

Let us share your merits and multiply them!

(Just saw... do you have an other possibility to share further, as some are not so into E-books and new stuff. Is it possible to share a pdf?)

« Last Edit: September 05, 2013, 03:27:03 am by Hanzze »

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Re: Illustrated Book on Koans
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2013, 04:13:09 am »
I would like to see more too. The idea of a visual manifestation of the ineffable seems very worthwhile . . . many thanks  :hug:

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Re: Illustrated Book on Koans
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2013, 07:04:02 am »
Thank you for the gift, Jura.

Koans usually make my head and teeth hurt.  These were beautiful, enjoyable, and tutorial.

_/\_Ron
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But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: Illustrated Book on Koans
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2013, 06:11:24 am »
Thank you for your kind comments. Much appreciated. I will make a pdf version this week.

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Re: Illustrated Book on Koans
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2013, 09:30:46 am »
This reminds me of my father's cool little book title of which is Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. Stories seem the same. I loved this book. It always made me very happy. <3


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Re: Illustrated Book on Koans
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2013, 05:00:18 am »
Hi Wingmen

I just looked up Zen Flesh, Zen Bones which appears a lovely and well researched book. I hope my visualisations of some of these koans introduces a new angle.

Working on a PDF for anyone to download...

Best wishes

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Re: Illustrated Book on Koans
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2013, 04:48:40 am »
A free PDF Version of the book is now at:

http://www.portraits-paintings.co.uk

I have also updated and added some more Koans and illustrations.

Best Wishes

Offline heybai

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Re: Illustrated Book on Koans
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2013, 06:41:52 am »
Magnificent! 

And thank you!

hb

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Re: Illustrated Book on Koans
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2017, 07:14:12 pm »
Great work!

Offline Anemephistus

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Re: Illustrated Book on Koans
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2017, 06:20:33 pm »
 :namaste: Thank you for sharing, I like the rugged representation which allows the mind to see both what is there and what is not quite there but inferred. The feeling of these is very nice!

 


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