Hogen, a Chinese Zen teacher, lived alone in a small temple
in the country. One day four traveling monks appeared and
asked if they might make a fire in his yard to warm themselves.
While they were building the fire, Hogen heard them arguing
about subjectivity and objectivity. He joined them and said:
“There is a big stone. Do you consider it to be inside or outside your mind?”

One of the monks replied: “From the Buddhist viewpoint everything
is an objectification of mind, so I would say that the stone is inside my mind.”

“Your head must feel very heavy,” observed Hogen,
“if you are carrying around a stone like that in your mind.”

Ben Loveday is a photographic artist based in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, with a focus on landscape, urban and conceptual photography.
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  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely story and stone representation, Ben!

  • Thanks Lynn- this shot is as found (at Hallett Cove, South Australia). Even as I looked at it before taking the shot, it started me thinking “zen”…..who knows how long the white stone had been sitting there…

    – Ben Loveday

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Moorealmost 2 years ago

    Great capture!!

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Very interesting

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