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by Annette Finnsdottir last modified Mar 26, 2011 02:03 AM
"Thinking" by Peter Koraca (SL), 2010. The self generative movie of personal experience of a ten minutes shamatha — meditation session. Sound is processed from everyday objects.

Thinking is a self generating movie based on my private experience of a ten minutes shamatha — meditation session.

Shamatha is a way to make the mind more stable and clear, whilst keeping it flexible. In meditation, what we're doing is looking at our experience and the world intelligently and without judgement. We're letting the thoughts, ideas and perceptions appear, and we simply see them for what they are and let them go. "The human mind is by nature joyous, calm and very clear. In shamatha meditation we aren't creating a peaceful state — we're letting our mind be as it is to begin with," (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche). We're simply allowing a gap within the confusion to appear. And it is in that harmonious moment that we are completely in tune with our mind, ourselves and the world.

The self generative movie is an expression of the mind (inner circle), thoughts (the little shapes that form on the screen), the space we are in and the noise surrounding us (knitted graphic in the back). All of the elements are created by the same generative pattern; a reference to the Buddhist understanding of all things as being one. As a thought appears on the screen, a sound is triggered, disturbing the peaceful state of mind and thus again creating confusion. Its shape shares a resemblance with the prayers written in Sanskrit. Its sound is generated from the processed recordings of the sounds of things surrounding and influencing me everyday.

Thinking is an exploration into the randomness of thoughts through shapes, textures and audio sensations.

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