About my photographs

The home of the Grail is in the unexplored area of the soul. In variations of the story,
it is seen as a temple or castle, in a remote and mysterious place.
So the Quest for my Grail is to find in the most inner-soul of me.                    
But also outside myself; the place that might be the Grail, or Nepemako:
Malakût, Shambhala  or Tushita Heaven
So I photographed all the reflections for me, they all are of dependent
existence  and could be… a glimpse of these places.
Nepemako is a “hidden country”. You can find it on maps, in the bend of
the river Brahmaputra [ in Tibet], but it belongs also to another reality ; It is present
but invisible. The Islamic thinking has also an invisible world;                        
 the Malakût, the imaginairy world.
 First of all, let’s consider the word “landscape” [written  風景in Japanese   ,
And pronounced fukei  ]  , the first character of wich means “ a blowing wind “.
The second character evokes the image of an expansive field.                            
With a couple of additions you can get  
So as I close my eyes [ to let my imagination go], the light rays that pour  
into my retina’s, I see the brilliant reflection of the sun, a deep sky or a wide
open ocean, a mountain burning like a forest with new greens, and then a
cityscape that I have taken at some time.

But even if I took photographs of all that, they would still be but one part of
what nature has furnished as landscape.
And no matter how many exposures I take, the photography will still be only a
borrowing from nature—though that’s probably fine for what we call landscape photography.
Walking about searching for that one masterpiece of shape or composition is,
after all, an experience that must be considered part of the genre of landscape photography.   
[Explanation: [ Buddhism] The Tuṣhita heaven is therefore closely associated
with Maitreya, and many Buddhists vow to be reborn there so that they can
hear the teachings of the Bodhisattva and ultimately be reborn with him when
he becomes a Buddha. Other Bodhisattvas dwell in this heaven realm from time to time.
Tuṣhita is part of the same world-system as Earth, and so is relatively close.]
Nothing has independent existence
•   By Rigpa FellowshipPublished  2007
Nothing has any inherent existence of its own when you really look at it,
and this absence of independent existence is what we call “emptiness.”
Think of a tree. When you think of a tree, you tend to think of a distinctly defined object;
and on a certain level it is. But when you look more closely at the tree, you will see that
ultimately it has no independent existence.
When you contemplate it, you will find that it dissolves into an extremely subtle
net of relationships that stretches across the universe. The rain that falls on its leaves,
the wind that sways it, the soil that nourishes and sustains it, all the seasons and the weather, moonlight and starlight and sunlight—all form part of this tree.
As you begin to think more and more about the tree, you will discover that
everything in the universe helps to make the tree what it is; that it cannot at
any moment be isolated from anything else; and that at every moment its nature
is subtly changing. This is what we mean when we say things are empty,
that they have no independent existence.

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