As a 22-year-old art student in London, artist Richard Long walked back and forth along a straight line in a grassy field in the English countryside, leaving a track that he then photographed in black and white. A Line Made by Walking (1967), above, was the first of many remarkable works he made on the theme of “paths”.
……It’s a theme we think about often, as it is at the heart of a very useful Buddhist teaching:
Whatever occurs in the confused mind is regarded as the path. Everything is workable. It is a fearless proclamation, the lion’s roar.
So, there is “the path” —whatever we are doing that provides an opportunity for learning; it is all workable— and then there are “paths” so perfectly evoked in this haiku by Buson…
so many pathways
through the spring grass.
Both resonate with possibility…
3 replies on “Useful Ideas about Paths We Find Ourselves On (Richard Long, Buson, Trungpa Rimpoche)”
When thinking of ‘paths’,
I always like remembering,
..the etymology of the word,….
..but not knowing,..
where it all begain!
…it helps me come to terms,
about it’s outcome. ?
A line Made By Walking is also the title of a truly wonderful novel by Sara Baume – a different kind of line perhaps but also a meditation of sorts, Baume’s first novel is Spill Simmer Falter Wither.
Thanks so much, Ellen. I’ve ordered it.