Sunday, July 3, 2011


Zen teachers like to draw circles. Sometimes they draw them around from right to left, sometimes around from left to right. These circles can represent emptiness, fullness, or the moon. Or they can represent the practice. The circle that goes around from right to left-against the path of the sun on the sundial - represents the hard way of practice before any glimmer of understanding appears. When it goes around left to right, following the path of the sun, it represents the easier way of practice after a glimmer opens the Way. But both before and after glimmer, the practice requires investment and conscientious diligence.

-Robert Aitken

Here is one of my humble attempts. Again, photography cannot capture the 3 dimensional quality of this painting.


  1. Thank you, sir. Since you are one of my favorite artists I always appreciate your support in my humble expressions.