昆虫四散，寂静四聚 / INSECTS SCATTER, SILENCE GATHERS
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour
——Auguries of Innocence by William Blake
In the Sangha Law (Mahasangha-vinaya), an important Buddhist scripture originating in ancient India,
time is explained as:
“…an instant ‘kshana’’ is a thought ‘eka-citta’
twenty thoughts are a ‘moment’
twenty moments are a snap of the finger, ‘acchaṭā’
twenty snap of the fingers are a ‘lava’
twenty ‘lava’ are a ‘muhurta’
and a day and a night have thirty ‘muhurta’.”
All beings experience a tiny cycle of thoughts all the time
and every thought that arises and disappears
is the beginning and end of a cycle of rebirth
Therefore a small ‘thought’ is also a microcosm of a lifetime or a longer period of time.
One thought ignites the birth of all existence,
without it, all falls into tranquil silence.
The initial thought is a myriad emotion
greed, anger, ignorance, love, and hatred
The first thought of the beginning of existence
marks the beginning of all that exists
and it also has the power to return all worldly things to their primordial state.
I take this one thought, walking
stopping to look at the distance or bowing down,
the gap between motion and static
all things hold their breath.
In a series of photographs, I attempt to establish an eternal dimension that eschews the five senses and reach the state of emptiness. It resembles a meditative realm filled with boundless thoughts, much like a contemplative world that can embrace all things.