Saturday, October 3, 2009
I was commissioned in 2006 to make this bronze which subsequently became the centerpiece symbol of Eskimo Buddhism. This piece is some 12 cm high, 14cm wide and 10 cm deep. The clients have asked me to do a smaller bronze version and a Lady Eskimo Buddha as well as Baby Eskimo Buddha which I will post pictures of in the next few weeks.
When I asked what Eskimo Buddhism was I was intrigued by the explanation. Eskimo Buddhism is a state of mind, I was told, where non religious beliefs and practices transcend traditional Budhhism.
In effect, it is a modern 'protestant' form of Buddhism without the limitations formal buddhist religious belief and promotes belief in good luck, ethical conduct, loyalty to fellow man, woman and child, family, love, happiness, positive leadership, accumulation of fortune, physical exercise, simple living, altruistic behavior, ethical conduct to name but a few.
Could I be an Eskimo Buddha?
Friday, August 7, 2009
With a girlfriend of mine, while travelling, we saw this man, a nomad, a bedoun, every morning baking bread, the stick was used for fetching the flatbread from the top of the coals where it baked for but a short time. The peacefulness of this century old way of baking inspired me...
These two images are from the Freiburg Holocaust Memorial on the Wiwili bridge in the center of this southwestern German city. The monument commemorates the deportation of 400 Jewish men and women to the Gurs concentration camp in Southern France which was an interim holding facility for Jews in transit to Auschwitz.