Artist's Stmt on Spirit's Journey, p2

Zen is as much Taoist as Buddhist. This ancient “Way” cannot be described adequately here except by “pointing” to it: The student learns by daily increment The Way is gained by daily loss, Loss upon loss until At last comes rest. Tao Te Ching, no. 11, from Blakney My immersion in religion and spirituality arose from the smell of sawdust floors in open-air “brush arbors” of the rural South—a world of ecstatic “speaking in foreign tongues,” casting-out of demons, and visions of fire and brimstone. This experience crystallized into one Biblical passage: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light.” Within the first week after arriving on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, I bought “The Way of Life—Lao-Tzu,” translated by R.B. Blakney (1955) and “The Way of Zen,” by Alan Watts (1957). After over 40 years of studying Eastern religions, I finally traveled to Japan and produced “A Spirit’s Journey in Japan.” It was profoundly moving to photograph places where the religious devotion I respected so much had originated and developed. I felt myself to be a wandering pilgrim on a spiritual quest. I was constantly aware that, as with other religions, the sacred places are just the containers of “the Way.” With a wall all around A clay bowl is moulded; But the use of the bowl Will depend on the part Of the bowl that is void.