Monday, January 27, 2014


I've decided to do project 365.
It's an exercise to help me look around more. These images might be dull at times, but so is life.

19 comments:

nicrap said...

Looks like a bishop [chess piece] to me ... what is it?

Jen Nifer said...

It's a Tibetan singing bowl, used for meditation. The wooden thing is used to "ring" the bowl. It makes a beautiful sound.

Thersites said...

still looks like a bishop to me... ;)

Thersites said...
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Jen Nifer said...

Pbthth
:p

nicrap said...

still looks like a bishop to me...

lol.

-FJ said...

I suspect it was more a "prayer" bowl... with the prayer circumscribing the bowl, and being "sung" to the gods with each rotation... ;P

-FJ said...

The inscription is written in concentric circles rather like a prayer inside a Tibetan prayer wheel. As the bowl is rotated, the prayer is released.

I love inter-passive objects!

-FJ said...

Zizek says that the "fault" of Europeans is that they look for their "lost" sacred knowledge in "others" while the Tibetans look for it within themselves.

nicrap said...
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nicrap said...

Too sweeping, won't you say? Such statements tell you very little but hide a lot — for instance, is there a monolithic european tradition?

Thersites said...

I'd have to ask io. Or europa. ;)

Duckys here said...

Religion is sound.

That was coopted by a New Age movement but I believe it's long been germane to Tibetan Buddhism.

Ever listen to a Zen exorcism?

Jen Nifer said...

It's not interpassive, FJ. It's very active. Payer is about changing the heart of the pray-er, not asking og God.

Thersites said...

How "active" a form of praying is a Tibetan prayer wheel?

How about prayer flags?

Thersites said...

Of course, I find the consequences of the way atheists pray even more interesting...

Jen Nifer said...

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing_bowl

More of a meditation. ..

Jen Nifer said...

Ducky, can you give me a link?

Duckys here said...

Unfortunately out of print

It's quite an ear opener if you ever see it at a used store for a reasonable price.

There are quite a few under "Tibet" but I am not familiar with them.