Maitreya and Friend


I did it years and years ago, but nobody's 'got' it yet. If you get it, let me know! (Clue: Who is Avalokiteshvara, the Kwannon Bosatsu, Kuan Yin, or, (what is it?), the Hasse Kwanon? I remember her, huge and darkly gleaming above a litter of paper prayers, in her temple in Kamakura in 1952. Is it distance? Or is Buddhism not so bad? Zen, at least, says: "If you meet the Buddha on the road to enlightenment, kill him." Ah Religions! Such rich iconographies for an artist!

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