Who Is Looking?


There is a Buddhist story that goes something like this: 

A old priest was leading a group of new monks on a walk in the desert at night. It was very dark. There was no moon and millions of stars glistened in the sky. It was totally quiet. 

The old man stopped and said to the group, “Look up and see the stars.”. All did as he demanded and were deeply moved by the radiant beauty overhead.

“Now look again at who’s looking”, the priest said.

With that, some monks attained enlightenment.

Now, dear viewer, look at this picture and tell me who’s looking.

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Bowtie Wearer With Bad Knees I spent my early years in Massachusetts in a little town called Easton. I went to Harvard, served in the Navy as Operations Officer on and LST, founded a construction company and served in the state Legislature as Assistant Minority Leader. However my life really began when I moved to Maine and opened an art gallery. I've been around the fine arts in the commercial art business for over 25 years now and loved (almost) every minute of it. I look at every day is a gift, except when it's very cold outside or I have to go to the dentist.

2 thoughts on “Who Is Looking?”

  1. photographers always look – with an image that is not obvious as to what is going on – we look again – then you read the text as a photographer text is secondary – but having read the text we look again, then we dwell over the question – and respond – Anyway if I was walking at night I would be telling the old priest to consider how fortunate he was to witness such beauty 🙂 I know maybe not the response you had hoped for 🙂

    1. Thanks for your thoughts Scott. Any verbal response is always appreciated of course. What I think the old monk was angling for was a pre-verbal one. Something that comes before the rational mind kicks in. That’s just me though.

      I very much appreciate your input.

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