Wednesday, September 3, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Sacredness in Art

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

September 3, 2008


A good work of art always reflects a notion of sacredness within it....A work of art is created because there is basic sacredness, independent of the artist's particular religious faith or trust. That sacredness is the aspect of heaven, which creates an umbrella, so to speak, that becomes very powerful and very real. At that point, human dignity is more important than the particular religion or discipline a person came from. That sounds great, don't you think? Sacredness from that point of view is the discovery of goodness, which is independent of personal, social, or physical restrictions.

From "Heaven, Earth and Man" in DHARMA ART, page 142 in Volume Seven of THE COLLECTED WORKS OF CHOGYAM TRUNGPA.

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