slip quietly into non-duality

Gentle Voice – the online newsletter of Siddharthas Intent, is shining its focus on art in the current issue: ‘Art Unlimited’.  Highly recommended for an absolute feast of art-related articles and images – many from artisans who will be familiar to readers here.


Ani Lodro Palmo: Slip quietly into non-duality


This issue of Gentle Voice is titled ‘Art Unlimited’ and there are a multitude of different forms of art: drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, computer generated art, digital graphics, pop art, minimal art, performance art, street art, indigenous art, architecture, music, dance, film, photography, the art of conversation, the art of seduction and so on…!  Types of art are as varied as media, subject matter and technology allow.

Quoted text and calligraphy by by Ani Lodro Palmo, and sourced from Gentle Voice.

painting the paradox of emptiness

New at the artisans’ galleryBarbara O’Sullivan


Barbara O'Sullivan: No Beginning No End Of Beginning (detail)

No Beginning No End Of Beginning (detail)
6 panels, each 92 x 61 cm, PVC and Acrylic on canvas


The interpretation of emptiness and form into figure and ground provides a tangible means to translate opposites into material form and lead to a new understanding of how the creative act can promote the apprehension of emptiness, that most fulfilling, profound and healing of experiences, the experience of “no separation”.

Dualistic concepts are removed, self and other are reconciled, figure and ground become one, form is no other than emptiness and emptiness is no other than form.

– Barbara O’Sullivan

barbara o’sullivan at the artisan’s gallery

an optical delusion of consciousness

A human being is part of the whole called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space.

We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty…

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. …

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.

– Albert Einstein

There’s a page of Einstein’s wisdom on this site:  peering behind the illusion

education for wholeness

scientist meets philosopher

what is this nonduality?

purity, simplicity and refinement

Miya Ando is featured at the artisans’ gallery:

Sword making has always been part of Miya Ando’s family identity, mythology and history. Her family went from making swords into the Buddhist priesthood. Both have impacted and informed her path as an artist. The following is extracted from her website, and from an interview with Non-duality Magazine.


miya ando: ghost series

Ghost Series


In my work, I create quiet, abstract, meditative environments with metal. Ultimately I am interested in the study of subtraction to the point of purity, simplicity and refinement.

The state of non-duality is one wherein there is a loss of difference between the viewer and that which the viewer perceives. I do see the practice of art as potentially transformative and [it] can be transcendent.

The Ghost Series is about non-duality, actually. The difference is that there is a figurative element to the works. The idea was that the surface of the work is reflective – perhaps there is another being reflected back – the work becomes a window, the work becomes a trace of something very subtle. Perhaps the ghost is an iteration of a quality we all have universally within ourselves. I am very interested in these very subtle traces of what could be nothingness.

– Miya Ando

miya ando at the artisans’ gallery

awareness cannot be seen or known

That we know this awareness exists means only that we have an idea of awareness.

We do not see that awareness as itself an object, nor can we ever do so.

If we are to know the awareness by itself, first we would have to drop knowing its objects, its reflections in thought, including the ego-thought, and then be it, not see it.

– Paul Brunton, Notebooks