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The growing influence of Buddhist artistic expression in contemporary culture
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    Great Swan Paid Member

    These tantric songs are excerpted from the forthcoming Great Swan: Meetings with Ramakrishna, by Lex Hixon. Great Swan is a dramatic retelling of the life of Ramakrishna (1836-1886), a Hindu priest who devoted himself to the worship of the goddess Kali. For twelve years he engaged in several practices including Christian and Islamic, and eventually, through personal experience, realized the universal truth inherent in all religions. His teachings, transmitted informally and recorded by a disciple, are translated into English as The Gospel of Ramakrishna. It is this record, in addition to other eyewitness accounts, that Lex Hixon draws on to create a powerful contemporary portrait of Ramakrishna, known to nis disciples as Paramahamsa, or the Great Swan. More »
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    Haiku Moments: Photos Paid Member

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    Duane Michals Paid Member

        Photographer Duane Michals lives in New York; his books include Now Becoming Then (Twelvetrees Press). More »
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    When Brice Marden saw the "Masters of Japanese Calligraphy" exhibition at New York's Asia Society in 1984, he was so captivated by the beauty and authority of the work, by the living energy of the drawn lines, that he kept a copy of the catalogue with him wherever he went. For the first time, he saw calligraphy as drawing. And drawing for Marden—like calligraphy for the Japanese and Chinese—is "the most direct form of all artistic expression." Long a believer that art is a form of spiritual communication, Marden felt an affinity with this work, which evolved in a kind of inspired state. In fact, the Chinese expression for a piece of Zen calligraphy is "heart print." More »
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