Planting the seed

Planting the seed of an idea in the here and now By Miki Miyatake Nishizawa on Hiroshi Kariya’s “Empty”exhibition at Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo The Japan Times/ Saturday, May 11, 1996/ page 15 “The now is the now is the now is the now is the...” Hiroshi Kariya continues to write this phrase daily. Handwritten with a calligraphy brush, it looks like a Buddhist sutra. In Buddhist thought, the idea of “the now” signifies that living beings should live each single moment of “now”. A string of “now and now and now...” constitutes the whole history of the universe. Kariya writes “the now is sutra” on both sides of a dried bean, going through about 100 beans every night before going t

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