Fundamentals : Still Lives

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    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,
  • 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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