I saw “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” the other day. In the story, the main character is born old and grows younger. By growing younger, it focuses on what growing old means to us. So far, this is the best movie I’ve seen this year. All the scenes are clear, detailed and very well developed. I really enjoyed it.
During the movie, a Zen scroll popped in my head. I thought F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a Zen expression in 25 pages.
A Buddhist monk Sengai drew a circle, triangle, and square in brush-strokes See http://www.terebess.hu/zen/sengai.html. I interpret the scroll as follows. At birth, we are round. As we grow, our egos create edges. So we become a triangle and later a square. Hopefully we grow much older and wiser, and we change from square to triangle, and at death, round. A full circle. What’s your interpretation? I want to hear your POVs.
Because of this blog, I just researched a bit on the web. Surprise, surprise. Sengai studied Zen under monk Getsusen Zenne in the Minami-ward of Yokohama where I was born and still live. According to the web site below, Professor Kawamoto said in an interview, “Other monks there also left their Zen drawings. Yokohama is not the origin of Zen, but certainly the Zen drawings have their origin in Yokohama.” Wow, I’m excited. I must make a visit to Horinji, the temple. It is in Japanese, but for those of you who are interested in where I found the info., the site is as follows. http://www.rekihaku.city.yokohama.jp/news/news16-2.html
The attached photo is my two-month-old grandson, Miles. I forget my age looking at him. In fact, I forget all into nothingness staring at all the shapes in the rectangle frame.