Monday, August 16, 2010

one with nature


Reality is a spiritual experience;
nature is practicing Buddhism.

~Dogen Zenji


All who have achieved real excellence in any art possess one thing in common,
a mind to obey nature,
to be one with nature throughout the four seasons of the year.

~Basho


(P.S.  In response to a question from Brian, the image is a digital manipulation of an outline of a monk, a photograph of grasses, textures, some digital brushwork and tweaking of the colours.)



7 comments:

  1. bonnie what a powerful insight accompanied by an extraordinary image - nature is practicing buddhism. oh yes. i wonder if dogen zenji acknowledges that humans are part of nature or distinct from nature though?! steven

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  2. What God creates, they are awesome...

    Claire from www.reanaclaire.com

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  3. being one with nature...she is one of my favorites to take long walks with...smiles. wonderful textures in the pic...did you layer that or is it natural?

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  4. 'to be one with nature throughout the four seasons of the year' I like this. It's the way I try to live. seeing, appreciating all stages of life, keeping in tempo. eating in season as well.

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  5. I think it was Aristotle who said something to the effect that "in all things in nature there is something of the marvelous." I have been hanging on to summer and reluctant to move into fall, but I can't deny I will at some point fall for fall too, just like I have summer :)

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  6. What an interesting photo! The grasses almost look like ice crystals. I like the outline of the monk and the color you chose for him.

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  7. A lovely image, Bonnie. I love the earth tones, the texture, and the spiritual depth.

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