Making these photographs of Japan Temple Pond Reflections is part of my ongoing interest in understanding and expressing how meeting takes place between our self, one another, each thing.

The world that we meet and join with is not found apart from our perceiving and knowing it. When we allow things to come forward and authenticate and cultivate themselves, we may not only see the pond and the world reflected in it, but may have a glimpse into seeing what the pond might be seeing. We may come to recognize seeing as a process not limited to content or agent, and, further, as the process of seeing the mind seeing. This is the gesture of mind settling on itself.

This is to know mind in each situation, to settle in closeness. Each arising, whether new to our experience or not, is intimate, a piece of our mind. Everything is close …

- Ryuten Paul Rosenblum

This series won a Portfolio Award in the 2018 San Francisco Bay International Photography Competition.

I am a lineage holder and teacher in the Zen tradition of Dongshan and Dogen. I serve as Vice Abbot of Genrinji, a Zen Buddhist temple located in the Black Forest in Germany. When not in residence at Genrinji, I live in San Anselmo, California.

The inspiration for these images has been developed and refined by decades of Zen practice and temple life. My approach is grounded in qualities such as spaciousness, stillness, clarity, intimacy, incompleteness, and simplicity … the uniqueness of each arising in the present moment. Over the past 5 years my work has been exhibited in more than 45 gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the US and Europe. In 2017, Datz Press published a book of my work, temple walls | japan.

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