Since more than a year I`m fortunate to be able to work with Tibetan Buddhist Sacred Art several hours per day. That is Tsa Tsas, Stupas and Statues. Since a while I have the strong sense that this work supports and connects perfectly with TSK inquiry.
One obvious point is that it focuses and thus calms the mind so that observation(knowing) of what`s going on is more readily possible.
Reading our homework text for this week (KTS 411-425) I found another refrence for my observation:
“…An object is not `beautiful`only because it is seen by a self who makes this judgement: Something about the object supports this judgement and thus makes it possible.
This intimacy has an intricate structure. When an image of an object appears in the mind, presenting itself to be known, it is perceived in terms of certain preexisting patterns. However, perception is an act that requires time and is ordered in terms of a distinctive temporal rhythm. As the act of knowing unfolds, the image also projects itself into these patterns, contributing the direct `feedback`of immediate experience.
In this sense, the image of the object can be said to understand itself, in a process that develops sequentially in accord with `feedback” and repetition. The object in being known reflects the interpretive structure that knows it; the subject in knowing the object is modified by the object it knows.