Sunday, January 12, 2014

Accepting Life as it is or is there a Purpose? Or What Drives Artists Crazy.

Two thoughts today on the conundrum of finding yourself in the impossible and somewhat ridiculous situation of being an artist.

"This ideal world was shattered by the Great War which plunged Barzun into a deep depression even
though he was very young at the time. Tellingly, he only emerged by reading Hamlet at age ten which
convinced him of the necessity of accepting the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,” accepting life as
it is –"

A. Well, meditation is dealing with purpose itself… Generally we have a purpose for whatever we do: something is going to happen in the future, therefore, whatever I am doing now is important — everything is related to that. But the whole idea of meditation is to develop an entirely different way of dealing with things, where you have no purpose at all. In fact, meditation is dealing with the question of whether or not there is a such thing as ‘purpose.’ ~  Meditation in Action
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

A note:
I first saw Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1981 in Boulder, Colorado at Naropa  University in 1981.
He was giving a talk "Art is Abused". It was a confusing period of my life and I did not know what direction to take vis-a-vis my art. I was somewhat aware that the work that I love to do was so divergent from the contemporary art scene that it barely registered a blip. It was a powerful talk on how the personal neuroses  and garbage of artists were spilling over on canvasses and dominating the art scene. He urged those of us in the arts to never negate the power of aesthetics. His book Dharma Art  is an enlightening read whether or not your are a Buddhist. His other writings on culture are worth exploring as well.
He is a controversial figure- but that day, at that talk, he saved my life.

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