Appreciating the Work of Tashi Mannox
Confident in Faith
57x76 cm, Chinese ink on heavy water-colour paper, 2009A swiftly brushes Umeh script translates as ‘confidence’. The carefully crafted Uchen script below translates as ‘completely trust and surrender in confident faith
Photographs: Tashi As a monk in the hills above Samye Ling 1988. Tashi with his teachers: Sherab Palden and Akong Rinpoche 2007.
Fat Souls, Loving Hands
Fat souls can have loving hands. Their attention to detail, their open-mindedness, their welcoming of differences, and their embrace of enriching tensions can be expressed in drawing. This includes drawing letters and words. Patricia Adams Farmer puts it well:
All you really have to remember about Fat Soul Philosophy is that a fat soul is a beautiful soul. In the process world view, God is the very Soul of the world, the ultimate instance of The Fat Soul, the One who lures us and all creation toward widening circles of Beauty. God yearns for beautiful relationships of earth and sky and people and turtles. God yearns for us to know that we are all of a piece, all deeply interwoven and wholly beautiful in our differences.
But aren't we afraid of losing ourselves in the process of widening our circles of empathy and understanding? Fat Soul Philosophy would say that striving for a bigger soul does not diminish one’s own identity, uniqueness, or beauty; rather, it strengthens individual identity and uniqueness in the way a single color is brought to life in a painting by the splash of a contrasting color next to it.
-- Patricia Adams Farmer, What is Fat Soul Philosophy?
See also her webpage: Fat Soul Fridays
Spirituality of the Trained Hand
About Tashi Mannox