what is essential is invisible to the eye


Luke Elwes: Locus

Luke Elwes, Locus


… the distance between self and other, inside and outside, is hard to fix with any certainty and stability.

Whether a reflective re-acquaintance with familiar ground or an instinctive response to some unexpected stimulus (a shell, butterfly, blossom), [the drawings/paintings] are about the significance of looking, remaining alive to the transience and mutability of that act of perception.

They travel not so much widely as deeply, absorbing and probing the natural flow of phenomena and the passage of time.

From the lines, marks and washes emerges a landscape where much of ‘what is essential is invisible to the eye.’

– Luke Elwes



luke elwes at the artisans’ gallery

hearing with the eye

How can we hear with the eye and see with the ear?  We must first set down ‘the pack’ – the ideas, notions and positions that separate us from reality.  We must take off the blinkers that limit our vision, and see for ourselves that originally there are no seams, flaws or gaps between us and the whole phenomenal universe.  The 10,000 things are in reality neither sentient nor insentient; the selfish neither sentient nor insentient.  Because of this, the teachings of the insentient cannot be perceived by the senses.


John Daido Loori, Wave Echo

John Daido Loori, Wave Echo


Many people think the teachings of the insentient are similar if not equivalent to the teachings we receive from sentient beings.  But hearing the teachings of the insentient is not a matter of ordinary consciousness.  How then can they be heard?  When body and mind have fallen away, in the stillness that follows, the teachings are intimately manifested in great profusion.  Whether we are aware of it or not, they are always taking place.  The teachings of the insentient are about intimacy, not words.

– John Daido Loori

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Hearing with the Eye
John Daido Loori

john daido loori at the artisans’ gallery

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