Mechanics Musings

“A Zen teacher saw five of his students returning from the market, riding their bicycles. When they arrived at the monastery and had dismounted, the teacher asked the students, “Why are you riding your bicycles?”

The first student replied, “The bicycle is carrying this sack of potatoes. I am glad that I do not have to carry them on my back!” The teacher praised the first student. “You are a smart boy! When you grow old, you will not walk hunched over like I do.”

The second student replied, “I love to watch the trees and fields pass by as I roll down the path!” The teacher commended the second student, “Your eyes are open, and you see the world.”

The third student replied, “When I ride my bicycle, I am content to chant nam myoho renge kyo.” The teacher gave his praise to the third student, “Your mind will roll with the ease of a newly trued wheel.”

The fourth student replied, “Riding my bicycle, I live in harmony with all sentient beings.” The teacher was pleased and said to the fourth student, “You are riding on the golden path of non-harming.”

The fifth student replied, “I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle.” The teacher sat at the feet of the fifth student and said, “I am your student.”’

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About Vicky Jocher

Haecceitas Decades ago I became fascinated when I saw paint on old window and door frames split into exploding colours. The process of weathering revealed a new entity, that of slivers of colour reacting to each other. This makes my heart beat faster. The very process of applying paint is to create a new picture. Paint is colour. As I apply colours, a new entity – the picture itself – is created. There is a point at which it springs to life and it resonates with its own being-ness. Between life and death there is a thinness. With art you start with an idea which holds a potential, it goes through a similar layer of thinness and the thing is made, the juxtapositions of colour become a life. And this exploration fuels my fascination. When I teach workshops, I see people go through the process of being apprehensive and excited at the same time. There is a palpable moment when their artwork becomes what they hoped for, and that moment is fascinating.

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