Compassion at Your Fingertips: A Kannon Bodhisattva Sculpture Retreat, with Thomas Matsuda

Northeast USA  

March 23, 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Zen Center of New York City

A Buddha image is much more than a statue. When we look at a Buddha image on an altar with an open mind and heart, it has the power to stir our deepest longings to live this life as an awakened, compassionate being. The truth expressed by that image is felt as something real and alive.

In this retreat with sculptor and teacher Tom Matsuda, we’ll turn that process around as we allow our own compassion to come forth and give life to the clay before us in the shape of Kannon Bodhisattva. Kannon is the great bodhisattva of compassion who responds selflessly to the cries of suffering in the world. In this day-long retreat, each of us will tap into those virtues within ourselves.

Tom is a well-loved instructor at the Temple, and we’re delighted to have him back. Tom’s retreats are open to all — experienced artists as well as beginners.

About the Instructor: Tom Matsuda teaches drawing and sculpture at Mount Wachusett Community College in Massachusetts. He lived in Japan for twelve years, studying initially under the renowned sculptor Koukei Eri of Kyoto, who specializes in Buddha images. Later he lived in remote mountain villages, carving buddhas in the tradition of Enku and Mokujiki, famous sculptors who dedicated their art to the common people.

Cost: $75 (MRO Students: $65)

For more information, or to register:

Compassion at Your Fingertips, with Thomas Matsuda

Zen Center of New York City

500 State Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217

(718) 875-8229 •