Fundamentals is a series of artworks, inspired by surrealism and zen.
Each Illustration resembles a certain essential in life which is being expressed through the virtual sculptures.
The Illustrations themselves are a meditation on zen-related themes such as minimalism, repetition,
balance and achieving the supernatural through the ordinary.
© 2011-2012, Christoph Ruprecht, www.crispycrystal.com
Music: "Temple Air" by Lemongrass
Letter F

"I would rather sink to the bottom of the sea for endless eons 
than seek liberation through all the saints of the universe."

Shih-t'ou (石頭) 
(The Golden Age of Zen 270, 323 n.57)
Letter U

"What is inexpressible is inexhaustible in its use."

A Chinese Zen master (The Golden Age of Zen 253, 322 n.19)
Letter N

"Ocean of pure Reality,
Its substance, in fathomless quiescence, 
exists eternally."

Ch'an master Fo-kuang Ju-man (佛光如滿 Bukkõ Nyoman)
Letter D

"Away with your delusive thoughts!" 
"Don't be deluded!" 

Ch'an master Wu-ye (Mugõ, 760-821)
Letter A

"A special transmission outside the scriptures;
No dependence upon words and letters;
Direct pointing at the soul of man;
Seeing into one's nature and the attainment of Buddhahood."

Daruma no Shiseiku 
Letter M

"Speech is blasphemy, silence a lie. Above speech and silence there is a way out."

I-tuan (義端) 
one of Nan-ch'uan's great disciples
Letter E

„Merge your mind with cosmic space, 
integrate your actions with myriad forms.“ 

Ch'an master Hung-chih Cheng-chüeh 
(宏智正覺 Wanshi Shõkaku, 1091-1157)
Letter N

„Heaven and earth and I are of the same root,
The ten-thousand things and I are of one substance.“ 

Zen Master Sêng-chao/Sõjõ 
(僧肇 384-414)
Letter T

"Sitting quietly, doing nothing,
Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself."

Zenrin Kushû 
(The Way of Zen 134, 222)
Letter A

„Entering the forest he moves not the grass;
Entering the water he makes not a ripple." 

Zenrin Kushû (The Way of Zen 152, 224)
"An eternity of endless space:
A day of wind and moon."

(The Golden Age of Zen 246, 322 n.2)
Letter S

"The full-grown man aspires to pierce through the heavens:
Let him not walk in the footsteps of the Buddha!"

Ts'ui-yen (翠巖可眞) 
(The Golden Age of Zen 270, 323 n.59)
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