- Venerable Sirs,
I was wondering what your opinion about art (in my case
painting) might be. Are the highest purposes of art to reflect the
teachings? Is painting images of the Buddha, or sutta pages
reccomended? Thank you very much.
- Dear Michael,
As far as the Buddha is concerned, he only forbids bhikkhus from doing arts.
It is OK for lay people. Art as a profession is amoral, neither good nor bad.
It acquires moral sense depending on the way you do it and also your purpose.
If you paint the Buddha with some inspiration, then you get merit. If you do
so in order to defame or make joke of him, then you earn demerit. It is your
motive that matters. Also important is the state of your mind during painting.
In ancient days, the Jataka books were copied with some painting to depict its
meaning. This practice was so popular in Sri Lanka and Thailand. Oxford
University Exhibition has one Jataka from Thailand, and one from Sri Lanka
with painting. The one from Sri Lanka is on ola leaf, and the one from Thailand
is on thick paper and is coloured.
In message <9lo6v2+57so@...> SanghaOnline@yahoogroups.com writes:
> Venerable Sirs,
> I was wondering what your opinion about art (in my case
> painting) might be. Are the highest purposes of art to reflect the
> teachings? Is painting images of the Buddha, or sutta pages
> reccomended? Thank you very much.
> Michael Coady
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