Authors Mykola Babak, Evgene Matveev
And Buddha said, “I have a treasure. It is a vision of the perfect Dharma, the magic spirit of nirvana, free of the impurities of reality”.
Theologian S.V.Pakhomov noted, that Zen, while emphasizing the esthetics, “is indifferent to ethical problems”, because the juxtapositions of good and evil, made up by humanity for the purposes of its comfortable existence, is incapable of influencing a man to discover “the once knowledge of reality”, according to the teaching.
It is amazing, that Zen and Christianity co-exist so well, despite the numerous differences of the religions practices.
The purpose of the project “Zen” is to find the connections, the portals of mutual permeation, the fine web of ethical and esthetic coincidences between Zen and Christianity. Opposing two seemingly antagonistic world views, the artists discover surprising reflections that are difficult to be attributed to one of these systems only most likely these states (these special slices of the world view) belong to much older societies. These world views belong to the entire territory where artists extracted them from non-existence. Project Zen has three parts in accordance with the three main components of the Japanese culture – wabi, sabi, and yugen.*
* The esthetic ideal of Zen finds harmony between beauty and cupidity and is based on three notions:
wabi – transient and starle beauty;
sabi – the beauty of natural patina and aging;
yugen – profound grace and subtlety.