SEAL Medium: Japanese Esoteric Buddhist Text

Ryuta Nakajima United States, 2012

Ryuta Nakajima
United States, 2012

In addition to being an artist and a teacher, I am also an Esoteric Buddhist monk. Here, I am using the most important text for the sect 二箇法要 (nika houyou) that includes adhyardhaśatikā prajñāpāramitā. In this book, the important details and information needed to complete the four-hours-long ceremony are missing from the text. It’s only by fusing both the textual information and orally transmitted secrets by training with a qualified high monk, that the contents of the book are complete. In this way, a student is encouraged to re-locate their being within over 1500 years of continuous tradition and teaching. In this piece, I reevaluated various functions of an object called book, which seems to occupy much more function that just a device to record and transmit information.

Silicone, plastic


About sense of place in artist books

I am an artist. I find the ephemeral place in my art conjured up through practice. I sift through raw materials with my hopes and dreams, and ideas take form as if intended.
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