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Digital Image

This image is based on memories of visiting the Cleveland Buddhist Temple (Zen Shin Sangha) around 1999. I would wake up at 5 AM and get to the temple by 6 for Thursday morning meditation. It would be dark except for lit statues that populated the stage. Usually, it would just be me and Craig, who taught me how to meditate and is pictured here on the stage.

What I am mapping is the play between mind and breath during meditation. The bright ribbon of diamond shapes represents the continuity of inhales and exhales. The red and orange lines represent my mind or attention darting in and out of communion with the breath. Sometimes it would stay with the breath, but most of the time it would meander.