Lance Kinseth, Three Treasures, 2005
THREE TREASURES: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha
The three treasures, if attained, not three at all.
Without direct realization, the very gateless, inseparable treasure seems distanced, and so no cure for suffering.
For human beings, Dharma remains a truth-gate rather than a key.
In the painting, What can be seen?
With direct realization, not three; no more Buddha, Dharma, Sangha medicine, not even Zen medicine,
Then that which exists: no birth, no death; unborn
Still, even with a brilliant adamantine fall, in each moment, a little stench of awakening, an afterglow of sorts taints awareness.