How can one not be moved to contemplate life's greater meaning when visiting the Hong Kong Museum of Art and seeing the work of Johnson Chow Su-sing as I did this past October? Chow writes that many of the majestic landscapes, flowers and birds of the world inspired him to paint and understand the mysteries of nature. http://www.ccaf-vancouver.com/chinese_painting/Chow%20Su-Sing/Chow-Su-Sing_ch.htm
Writing is similar in that it allows us to explore the landscape of our lives. We find in stories we want, need to write, a path to unraveling the mysteries; not just of our own lives, but maybe even the people who have most influenced us.
|Mural by Chow Su-sing|
Writing from the heart is often unsettling until a sufficient detachment sets in. Like the artist who views the landscape and then attempts to render its majesty and mystery on canvas, a certain letting go of the ego, so to speak, is required. This isn't so much about me, as about the broader view of something greater than myself, a voice whispers. This, I believe, is the voice of the artist speaking.
In Asia, Buddhist philosophy centers around the concept that "causes and effects come from the mind. Everything changes when our mind changes."
|Giant Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong|