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Art

ZenSamZenSam ZenJew Explorer

Art is, in my opinion, the purest expression of ideas. For example, a suspiciously rooster looking phoenix holding a banner of black, white, yellow, and red, represents refinement, and rebirth. I was wondering your thoughts on how to use symbolism, metaphor, etc to express ideas in art, specifically buddhist or theological/philosophical ideas.

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  • paulysopaulyso usa Veteran

    trees,footprints,flowers,bells,eliphant are great architypes of buddhism.
    i learn from lobster,pregrecko art, the tree of life was symbol of buddha.

    now a tree of life in the middle of the river can be a shoutout to dao-zen with the full moon.some ideas.have fun exploring your creativity.

    ZenSam
  • ZenSamZenSam ZenJew Explorer

    @paulyso the tree of life, is in all religions. Especially in kabbalistic judaism where the tree of life is essential to understanding g-d.

    paulyso
  • ZenSamZenSam ZenJew Explorer

    Of course there is the lotus.

  • JeffreyJeffrey Veteran

    Not really in art per say but a rainbow is often used to explain appearance and emptiness. The rainbows colors are there appearing but a rainbow is also not really there in a sense it is just light being bent by water droplets.

    A prism can also be a metaphor for our heart/minds act as a prism and all sorts of "colors" represent the different 'heart qualities' like steadfastness, compassion, richness, vibrancy, or whatever could be though of as qualities.

    Kundo
  • KundoKundo Sydney, Australia Veteran

    @Jeffrey said:
    Not really in art per say but a rainbow is often used to explain appearance and emptiness. The rainbows colors are there appearing but a rainbow is also not really there in a sense it is just light being bent by water droplets.

    A prism can also be a metaphor for our heart/minds act as a prism and all sorts of "colors" represent the different 'heart qualities' like steadfastness, compassion, richness, vibrancy, or whatever could be though of as qualities.

    This is beautifully put Jeffrey :heart:

    federica
  • JeffreyJeffrey Veteran

    Thanks :)

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