Sun GuangYi is a contemporary artist who is Chinese but was inspired by his trip to Tibet and the Tibetan Buddhism, thus even went as far as to become a temporary monk to understand their teachings and meanings. His recent work Enlightenment project from the Blessings series was displayed in Sin Sin Fine Art Gallery from January 13th to February 10th of 2012. Sun GuangYi displayed his works in galleries almost every year and he has had the words “Om Mani Padme Hum” were incorporated in the work in some form, for example as a background. In some ways Sun GuangYi’s works are his practice of Buddhism and his interpretation of Buddhism at the same time. Sun GuangYi displays his understandings, from the fusion of Chinese and little bit of Tibetan Buddhism, and his own meditation to produce art that communicates to modern viewers.
Sun GuangYi says on the Blessings – Enlightenment series opening that he, “As an artist and as a practitioner of the dharma, my goal is to use my artwork as a vehicle to express the deep truth and awakening that I have found, and to share with my friends my deep sense of existential joy.”
In a way Sun GuanYi’s works are his way of practicing Buddhism. Sun GuangYi’s Blessings series originated from Tibetan Buddhism’s “Om Mani Padme Hum” which is a form of a prayer. These prayers were carved in stones since ancient times and Sun Decided to put them into backgrounds or portraits of his work in his Blessings series, so through his works, he’s being like a sravaka who are devoted Buddhists who carves into Mani Stone as prayer and recites the Om Mani Padme Hum. For Sun GuangYi, making art works are like carving into the Mani stone and recitals are in the works as he incorporates the words into the pieces. and In addition, his workspace is like a meditation room for him.
On the other hand, Sun GuangYi is also interpreting Buddhism in his own way because he not only was...