Allison Atwill, “Two Monks,” 2015. Acrylic on birch panel with gold leaf, 30″ x 40″.
The monks gathered in the hall to hear the great Fayan of Qingliang give a talk before the midday meal. He pointed to the bamboo blinds, and two students went and rolled them up in the same way. Fayan said, “One gains, one loses.”