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A quiet moment before the once-in-a-lifetime blessing given these spiritual works, whose concept and creation is a form of long-term meditation.

More about the preview show and blessing of 24 portraits from his new Blue Series by Los Angeles-based Taiwanese-born artist Tu-2, below:

  NOTE: All 108 portraits will be shown for the first time ever on September 29, 2013 in a beautiful setting: Invitation


108 Bodhisattvas

"Faces of the Mind"

Daihonzan Chozen-ji
International Zen Dojo, Buddhist Temple
3565 Kalihi Street
Honolulu, HI  96819




Tu Ying-Ming, known as Tu-2, is a Los Angeles-based Taiwanese-born artist who has created an internationally exhibited, acclaimed body of work in fine art, photography, and film. After a period of success from his Mao-ology and Timeless series, which garnered critical acclaim from America to Asia and Europe in the 1990s, he took a sabbatical from painting to search his soul, reset his spiritual compass, and examine his increasing calling toward monkhood. A new body of work began to emerge: a series of spiritual portraits in silver pencil on blue paper that reveal the interior qualities of their subjects. The subjects cover a global range of occupations, ages, races, and interests. Depicted in chiaroscuro (a light-dark technique with ancient roots) -- but using a silver pencil to draw only the light -- the images seem to be floating from darkness to light, most in a state of serenity. Tu-2 was invited to attend Daihonzan Chozen-ji for Zen meditation training. He experienced powerful epiphanies during the meditation rituals there, and has made several pilgrimages since then. His encounters at the dojo have helped him refine his focus on the compassionate connection required to capture a subject's innermost nature. Tu-2's Zen-inspired work reveals a person's true essence, and a real, inner beauty, illuminated by truth. A partial preview of his new Blue Series, originally titled "108 Bodhisattvas" premiered with a ceremonial blessing at the temple dojo (above) which inspired the heightened spiritual focus and insight required to accomplish these works of conscious art. He had named this new series "108 Bodhisattvas" (“enlightened ones”), as in many eastern religions (including Zen Buddhism) the number 108 symbolizes the infinite, or “infinity.” This symbol of infinity is sometimes grounded by a secondary (and paradoxically finite) shade of meaning: 108 is occasionally considered the number of vices, sufferings, steps to ascend or challenges on the way to perfection—or "Buddhahood." The name 108 Bodhisattvas is meant to suggest the "infinity" (or infinite possibility) of "becoming a Buddha" in "ones who are enlightened." This number is a concept, not a limitation, so the actual number of portraits is ongoing, toward infinity.... Although a collection of 108 of them would rarely be shown at once, due to space requirements, they are ideally viewed as a group, to illustrate the infinite ways in which humanity is connected through time and space.

"...Directly realize your True Nature, become a Buddha."    – Bodhidharma
Sponsored by Eagle Lin, CEO of LL Interior Design Co. in Taipei and Shanghai

This event coincided with the Annual International Asian-Studies Conference held in Hawaii


Curated by Liu Li Lundin, director of Pacific Arts Link



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