Mount Koya (Koyasan) is a 900 meter high plateau surrounded by eight peaks. The eight peaks are thought to represent the eight petals of a lotus in bloom, which is suggestive of the core of a mandala with its eight deities arrayed on the eight petals of a lotus, and with the central Buddha at the center of the lotus.
Mount Koya is the sacred center of Shingon Buddhism. In the year 804, Kobo Daishi (Kukai) crossed the sea to China in search of Buddhist teachings. In the capital of Tang Dynasty China he received the full transmission of a lineage of Buddhism relatively unknown in the Japan of his day called Shingo Buddhism. He returned to Japan in 806 and began teaching. In 816 he was granted permission of the Imperial Court to build a monastic complex at Mt. Koya.
The “Happymaker” Festival started with the idea from Ayako Utsumi and Shinobu Hada to bring people together with special interests in the art and bringing this art, which can have all kind of forms, into the local community to be enjoyed and experienced by young and old: “making everybody Happy”! This was the second year. It frees the mind and stimulates compassion and shows the beauty in all.
I got a wonderful place assigned for my exhibition at the Ekoin: such a beautiful place and lots of light and my work outside in the yard with the birds singing: being in harmony!
Two pieces in a little outdoor corner in between rooms.
Outside in the contrasting greenery: red and green being each other’s complementary color.
And in a little stream.
And a YOU TUBE video of my exhibition:EXHIBITION at EKOIN, KOYASAN.