Saturday, June 11, 2005

Stepping into the same river twice

Got a new camera the other day, to replace the one that grew legs and walked away to enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto. I don't mind so much except that it was pregnant with about 200 pictures from my UK trip. The new camera arrived at the exact moment that I was finishing the Trungpa book. Which begs the question. Can a Buddhist own a camera? Don't photos represent the ultimate in clinging, trying to hold on to a moment in time? Or is it a reflection of impermanence, viewing an old moment repeatedly, eyes fresh each time?

On the turntable: Joe Strummer, "Streetcore"


-c said...

I don't see why a Bhuddist couldn't wield a camera. As long as he snaps away in moderation and realizes what the pictures are not.

ted said...

Negative space is the key. Form is emptiness. Emptiness is form.