My Mind Does Not Move – A Deeply Profound Experience

My Mind Does Not Move
My Mind Does Not Move

Original Chinese Language Article: By Dong Yong

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

The Photographer States:

On June the 6th, 2009, my friend and I visited the Bai Ta Temple in Chang’an. I was working on a series of Buddhist themed photography shoots. At this time, the temple was temporarily led by a young monk who was humble and courteous, and very devoted to meditation practice. He had an unperturbed mind that was very admirable. We were photography after 5pm in the afternoon, when into the courtyard came a young lay-Buddhist child. The right-arm of this cute little boy was injured, and was held in a sling. However, this injury did not stop the little boy from being mischievous around the monk – who sat quietly meditating and unaffected by the otherwise amusing performance. I was suddenly aware of a profound dynamic exist between the two with the monk exhibiting a quiet and peaceful maturity, and the child behaving with a youthful exuberance. This was an incredibly vivid scene of contrasts. Suddenly I understood the saying “My mind does not move” and I intuitively understood its meaning! I raised my Nikon D3X camera, and photographed this fun-filled moment. (I used the speed setting of 160 per second, with 400 sensitivity.)

Appreciation of Art

Monks practice meditation all the time, but it is difficult to maintain an undisturbed mind, particularly when a young child is playing and making noise. It is easy for a photographer to take a picture like this, but in fact the implications contained within it, are both deep and profound. Can a mind really be completely unmoving like a rock, and in a non-active state? Of course, it comes down to the fact that not all people can meditate, or become a monk; as most blindly wander the Earth, taken with this or that attraction. However, if I could attain to the state where my “my heart does not move”, then why should I worry about anything? I remember common sayings such as ‘Cleverness is like a Floating Cloud’ and ‘Be Calm’ – then I laugh as I wonder how many people have truly understood the meaning! I found Mr Song’s ‘My Mind Does Not Move’ a very good read, and I may yet realise its deep meaning. I think I applied this understanding to my photographic work and this is shown in the above picture where the interaction between the monk and child – like the interplay between light and dark – is captured in an instant through a single photograph.  This is three dimensional graphic art that cleverly captures subtle and underlying themes not always obvious to the naked eye.

(Dong Yong)

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2015. 

Original Chinese Language Source Text:

我心不动》虚实结合 寓意深邃




入定、打坐,也许是出家人修炼的常课之一,然而要在干扰之下,尤其是稚童的干扰下,还能恒静不动,就很难。摄影家拍摄这个镜头,看似信手拈来,其实包含深邃的哲理,包含了作者细腻的观察和深沉的思考:以静制动、心若磐石、谁能奈何?当然了,回到现实,并不是要所有的人都如和尚那般入定打坐,但在浮华浮躁的尘世间,你若有那么一点“我心不动”,有一点恒定,有一些坚持,难道还愁一事无成吗?记得冯巩在春晚表演小品时,强化过“神马都是浮云”和“淡定”这样的网络流行语,可是哈哈一笑之后,又有几人悉心感悟呢?于此说来,好好品读宋先生这幅《我心不动》,也许能幡然而醒呢。在拍摄技巧上,慢速度曝光使稚童影虚而和尚影实,虚实反差不仅使平面艺术有了立体感,还巧妙地诠释并升华了作品以静制动的主题思想。 (董勇)

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