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What can you see in the photo ?

It is a strip of bras metal from an Art material shop.

In fact it is just a cut-off, left-over of a bras panel, yet sold as a material.

Material for what ?  —– for Art ?  For making small parts of electric device ?


Some may think to utilize it as a book marker or throw into a bin after twisting it for a while  😀[]

But, flat metal doesn’t necessary to remain, as a flat object. Cut-off piece doesn’t

necessary be a rubbish = They are the stereotypical preconceptions =

If we couldn’t go beyond this kind of preconception, our ancestor couldn’t have invented

an arrow- head out of a stone.


If it was a Zen question —– the answer could be even “It is the Universe, Sir ”

———- Did you get it ?   😀

If it is a thin metal, it can be easily cut by ordinary scissors, and easily twisted to make a shape.

It can be anything. (Well, in a theory. 😀 )

—– So, here, one of my attempt. This is a kind of 3D line drawing. = Strip of metal was cut even

narrower strips and twisted.  If this is still a sculpture, how cheap and easy = This is the beauty of it.

And this is all about [What you can see in a strip of metal]

——– (The face shows different expression with different viewing angle —- I’m studying how and why  :-))

BUT, to see it NOT as a strip of metal, but as a 3D figure, isn’t it a Delusion which exists

only in the mind ? = good question 😀

( Here, famous story of Flower Sermon (捻華微笑経) comes = a flower can be the Universe = Dharma.

—– though, why only Maha Kashapa could understood it ?  What other disciples were doing  ?  😀 )

—– Zen has its completely detached eyes, hence see it no more than it IS, but in the

same time, as it posses no preconception = see it in the Blank Space, it can see even

an invisible = it can be a Truth.


But, [What is the Truth ?] —– is the big question.

The Truth, which affect our life ? Or fundamentals of our existence ?

Is the Truth which is relevant to our life, is the Truth ? —– Isn’t it a bit too utilitarian view isn’t it ?

How about Big-bang and Black-hole, are they True, or anything relevant to us ?

( So far the historical fact, therefore the statistical provability showed, that Zennist

didn’t find any important scientific Discovery or earth-shuttering Truth to the human

= thus, most likely, we don’t need to worry about Big Truth.  We are busy enough to

deal with the handful headache in the dairy Life and the matter of the Self.  😀 )


(When Lord Buddha was asked about those Big Truth, he didn’t give any answer. 

Since then, traditionally Buddhists doesn’t talk about those question, which is out of our Life.

After all, so-called Mindfulness is to eliminate any thought other than the matter

the person is facing up front.

—— Even today, the scientists who is seriously dealing with Black-Hole Theory are not more than

handful in the world = it is nothing to do with rest of us, other than an interesting talking piece   🙂


—– the choice is totally up to to you = the matter of who you are

= if you are a person to see it as a bare strip of metal, see it.

Or if you are a person to see it as a figure, go for it = Zen is not a fixed dogma or

an attitude, since [To be who you are] is only a matter !

But this [Who you are] is neither fixed or ideal existence, as time goes, the same YOU

may not be the same person on the next moment = try to act in a fixed face IS a delusion.


So, enjoy each moment.   And enjoy a creative moment when it comes.

When something new idea of figure, or even an enterprising business plan came up to your mind, while

you are in the state of Mushin (Mind was open to Blank space) the idea was a product

of your subconscious thinking  (generally called Intuition, some called a voice of Heart,

the other even calls it as a voice of God = it could be just a random occurence, yet

it could be a result of Karma) = Why not TRY it = Just DO it.

===> Have a fun and enjoy your creative LIFE !




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  1. jagan said, on March 29, 2012 at 00:17


  2. joel said, on March 30, 2012 at 15:21

    Thank you for your deep inquiries and investigations. My journey has brought me to this point, where I am considering the deepest questions, and now something different. I am looking to form a community with the deepest thinkers and those interested in the most precise communication about the Truth. Your blog has much to offer! Can we and others form a sort of network, and collaborate and support each other in building on the ancient teachings and perfecting understandings toward realization of the Truth? Those who resonate, please reply, and let’s investigate the possibilities:)
    Joel http://www.inquiriesawakening.blogspot.com

    • yoshizen said, on March 30, 2012 at 22:38

      You are welcome to put your opinion here. By doing so, others might give you yet another reply to you.

      I’m not very keen to organize network or a sect, as it is obvious, I’m not preaching any fancy teachings
      but simple common sense = how to understand the Buddhism, here.
      If my opinion looks different from another sect or popular stereotypical understanding, it is not because
      my view is strange but others had gone too far remote from the scientific norm.
      The Truth is nothing mythical or fancy. Which is, the Dharma in Buddhist’s term is, right front of our eyes.

  3. Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on March 31, 2012 at 01:19

    Wonderful! I’ve come to read this twice, now, yoshizen, both yesterday and today. You are so skilled at anticipating your reader’s questions and thoughts. I love the exercise you offer here. I will be back again tomorrow.

  4. yoshizen said, on March 31, 2012 at 08:56

    Thank you very much to be a keen reader.

    If I couldn’t read the mind of others, how I can observe my own mind ?
    We can observe others as detached object.
    To see the subject objectively is much herder.

    Somewhere, I’ve wrote “If you read the same book 1000 times, it stack
    to your mind and become your second nature”
    —– but I’m not sure whether this post is best suited for that 😀

    By the way, have you clicked the Link to [Preconception] ?

  5. singlee18 said, on March 31, 2012 at 13:06

    It might be very abstruse to me, but i think the last face is what i always like. It just likes me, while facing the difficulties, i feel great, though most of them still press me.

    • yoshizen said, on March 31, 2012 at 13:54

      Oh, c’mon young man. It’s not abstruse, like a rocket science —– or
      these days, rocket science is easier to understand by a young man ? 😀

      You see, the same twisted metal face, by just change the viewing angle,
      it looks rather serious face or quite cheerful face.
      Even the same situation in the life, if you shift the view point a little bit,
      it may shows very different aspect = then you may find a very good idea
      to deal with it.
      This is a beauty of dealing the life with creative mind = be in free mind
      opens the way for you to be in positive.

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