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Jeffrey
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Engaged artists

Postby Jeffrey » Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:10 am

Hello, everyone. First post here. I'm doing a little research and wondering if anyone here can help with a reference or two. I'm looking for artists motivated by what we might call engaged Buddhist principles. That is, artists concerned with social justice. If you know of anyone, a link or a name would be greatly appreciated.

Just to be clear, I'm not interested in artists whose work is based on Buddhist iconography or traditional Buddhist communities. That is, no Buddhas, temples, stupas, monks, etc. Nor am I interested in contemplative art. Nothing wrong with either of these. Just not what I'm researching at the moment.

Thank you for your attention and have a great weekend.

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Re: Engaged artists

Postby Hanzze » Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:17 am

I guess very difficult:

But maybe its good if you expalin more about what do you mean with: "social justice" and "engaged Buddhist".

"Shahrukh Khan" does great work (from a view between worldly and beyound), but I am not sure if we can call it like you would like to call it.

makes Samsara very visible on paper.
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Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: Engaged artists

Postby Ben » Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:34 am

Greetings Jeffrey
In the event you may be seeking people involved in the literary arts, my very good friend and co-practitioner, , is a lecturer at University of Melbourne and has three volumes of poetry published. His last volume: is informed and inspired by his practice.
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Engaged artists

Postby DAWN » Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:51 am

Banksy
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Re: Engaged artists

Postby Jeffrey » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:39 am

Great replies, everyone. Thanks!

Hanzze, the sutta is greatly appreciated. If you have any more along these lines, anything to do with arts, don't hesitate to post them here or privately in a pm.

As regards engaged Buddhist principles, I'm looking for Buddhist artists concerned with social justice, who see suffering (at least in part) as a product of the systems in which we live - economic, social, and political. My personal interest in is visual arts, but references to all kind of artists would be equally appreciated.

Even poetry. But not contemplative poetry. Not art that looks in, but looks out. Banksy is a good example - is he Buddhist?

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Re: Engaged artists

Postby Ben » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:53 am

All art, by nature, is internal.
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Engaged artists

Postby Hanzze » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:13 am

What about doing it by your self?

Maybe something like this (I have no graphic program, just a quick sample):
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Re: Engaged artists

Postby DAWN » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:35 am

Sabbe dhamma anatta
We are not concurents...

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Re: Engaged artists

Postby Hanzze » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:46 am

Real good Image

I like his "letting go" one

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and great dry humor if he does not mean it seriously:

"We can't do anything to change the world until capitalism crumbles. In the meantime we should all go shopping to console ourselves."

:rofl:
Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: Engaged artists

Postby Jeffrey » Sat Sep 29, 2012 6:13 am


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Re: Engaged artists

Postby Hanzze » Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:48 am

I was just informed (maybe you know it already) that the makers of the movie "Baraka" made a new movie, I guess it is somehow as great, meditative and jolty as the first:


Incredible pictures and adjustment.

Maybe those "artists" are something you search for.
Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: Engaged artists

Postby Jeffrey » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:43 am

This is one I'm looking forward to. I need to find out if Ron Fricke is Buddhist. Thanks for thinking of us and posting the trailer.

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Re: Engaged artists

Postby Hanzze » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:31 am

I am not sure if a real Buddhist would regard him self as a Buddhist, so its maybe not the best to focus on such declarations, Jeffrey. Just a thought.

Maybe that is helpful for your search:

Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_


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