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Thesis Collection ‘In Remembrance Of’ : Research Journal (1/5)

“If the object function well, then it must look good.” 


“Purity and Simplicity, Stillness and Fluidity
Ornament and Function, Mindfulness, Light, Space and Solidity
Artlessness and Artistry.”

“A stone is a stone, A tree is a tree.
We can easily say this but we do not fully understand what we are saying
until we weigh the stone in our hands and feel its coldness against our cheek.” 

However, because there is no real division between the external and the internal worlds,
Zen also finds beauty in the perfection of the man-made artifact.
Neither natural nor artificial beauty is superior,
and Zen’s ultimate aim is to often an attempt to blend the two.

“Yes, they all burn the same way
The last shopping of your life is done by others.”

        I have been intrigued by Zen Buddhism philosophy, Japanese aesthetics and how those concepts about seeing beauty in imperfection and transience are translated in the Academy Award movie Departures (2008) when I was in a period of starting my thesis collection. The movie shows me something so beautiful that, even I have thought about before, never been this captured in my mind. I can learn a lot of life, and it taught me weather to remember one person in a bad or good way. Strangely, even you hate someone a lot, when they died, you feel guilty and feel sorry. And eventually you want to remember only the good things they have done to you. I have learnt that people forgive anyway when it comes to death. Although the person has already been forgotten , when we know that he or she was dead, every memories about that one will flood our mind and finally nobody wants to say the bad things about that one who has already gone. Another thing is, I thought people will only see real values in something that they will never get back anymore.

P.S. Death is underrated.