Ode to a Zen Koan, painting of a Japanese temple sitting on top of stacked stones, painting of cairn surrounded by bonsai and pagoda trees, painting Japanese depicting Home, art wtih shoreline, art about growth and expansion, art about dreaming of the ocean,painting with seaview, picture with sand waves and water, painting about balance, picture of a jetty, painting with a bridge, painting elements with path tree bonsai and beach, Japanese chinese garden art, imaginary palace, soulful uplifting inspirational art, soul stirring illusion art, romantic art,  surrealism, surreal art, dreamlike imagery, fanciful art, fantasy art, dreamscape visual, metaphysical art, spiritual painting, metaphysical painting, spiritual art, whimsical art, whimsy art, dream art, fantastic realism art, magic realism oil painting by Paul Bond

A koan is a paradoxical statement or question used to train Zen Buddhist monks to abandon dependence on reason, leaving the mind open for an intuitive response. Perhaps the most well known, by Zen Master Hakuin, being, “You know the sound of two hands clapping; tell me, what is the sound of one hand?” Or in my world… “what is the sound water makes against the edge of my boat as it floats in the sky above a Japanese temple”? I believe koans carry a direct correlation with surrealism in their ability to bypass logic to access a deeper level of experience. Afterall, the things that happen in this world which we call magic or miracles, are mostly illogical when dissected, but they happen anyway. And, I believe, more often to people who don’t have a need for rational explanations to everything. These are the dreamers and the artists and the mystics. Those who are comfortable wandering into the mysterious alleyways of life once in a while.

Ode to a Zen Koan

60 x 36 - Oil On Canvas - Sold, Private Collection