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Manji

Manji

One of twenty-five in a signed Limited Edition produced on Watercolor Smooth Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308, a 100% cotton rag artist's paper. There is a 1/4-inch border for matting. The print is signed on the back and numbered.

This photograph is from my series done in Vietnam the year before my daughter was born. It is a very old, very small Buddhist Monastery in Hoi An.

While out bicycling one day I came across a woman who worked at the hotel where I was staying. She took me to this very special place. If not for my good fortune to come across her I would not have experienced this very special place.

The swastika on the gates is used in Buddhist art and scripture known as a manji (whirlwind), and represents Dharma, universal harmony, and the balance of opposites. It is derived from the Hindu religious swastika, but it is not identical in meaning. The Manji is made up of several elements- a vertical axis representing the joining of heaven and earth, a horizontal axis representing the connection of yin and yang, and the four arms, representing movement- the whirling force created by the interaction of these elements. When facing left, it is the Omote (front facing) Manji, representing love and mercy. Facing right, it represents strength and intelligence, and is called the Ura (rear facing) Manji. In Zen Buddhism, the Manji represents an ideal harmony between love and intellect.

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$800

Details

Size
24.0" x 18.0"
Medium
Fine Art Print

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