Baku Koan Prayer
Full color Dharma Wheel artist's print
Available framed or unframed
Baku is the largest city in Azerbaijian. Among the 2 million people who reside in Baku, the vast majority pray together, following a calling from the minarets, five times each day. The power of directed prayer, from a united community, is an awe-inspiring thing that can't help but alter the world within which we live. The personal decision to pray is followed by many personal decisions about every aspect of one's life, with an emphasis on how one relates to the world. Prayer alters trajectory.
A Buddhist mantra can, therefore, based on a mantra's similar effect on the decision-making of a practitioner, be considered a prayer. Meditation and mantras alter trajectory.
Based on available information, not a single practicing Buddhist exists in Baku. This statement, while not meeting the threshold for the definition of a koan, is incredibly hard to understand. One must practice, and that practice likely includes meditation and a mantra.
I am intrigued by the idea of a single practitioner, seated in the lotus position, offering a guttural mantra at precisely the same time as the masses pray and kneel in their mosques, each one, including the Buddhist practitioner, trying to connect with each other and the power within which they most deeply believe. The trajectory will be altered.
I created this Dharma Wheel while trying to master the idea of a trajectory being altered by one more - or one fewer - person taking the time to direct their energy and beliefs in a direction that is, despite the differences, grounded in compassion.
Materials: Full color laser print on 32 lb. white bond
Dimensions of artwork: Approximately 10" x 10" on 20" x 20" board, framed 20" x 20"
Edition: First – 500 impressions. Each print is signed and numbered.
Ready to hang: Yes, if purchased in the frame