If You Love, Love Openly

pottery bowl


Twenty monks and one nun, who was named Eshun, were practicing meditation with a certain Zen master.

Eshun was very pretty even though her head was shaved and her dress plain. Several monks secretly fell in love with her. One of them wrote her a love letter, insisting upon a private meeting.

Eshun did not reply. The following day the master gave a lecture to the group, and when it was over, Eshun arose. Addressing the one who had written to her, she said: “If you really love me so much, come and embrace me now.”

Pottery Milk creamer

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Jesse's Vase

This Zen Koan teaches us to be honest with our love regardless of the complexity of the situation.  I am drawn to these minimilistic pottery pieces for the same reason I see truth in this Koan.  I think an artist brave that creates a piece free of distracting ornamentation.  A piece that relies on simple, soothing lines to convey honest self expression.


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