Attending Vipassana late in 2018 was the catalyst to start creating art instead of continually doodling with little direction. Around day 2 of the course in Hereford, my wandering monkey mind visualised the concept seen in the first Sila – Three Trainings print design.
All designs are proportioned using sacred geometry and the clear, linear scan style is my personal interpretation of the subtle feelings experienced during training.
Sīla (moral conduct)
Print 1 of 3 in a 3-part series.
“Touch of the Breath” S. N. Goenka Discourse Quotation
The focal area of the print is a central inward-looking triangle which represents the area of concentration whilst observing your breath.
What better way than to use the dude’s reassuring face to illustrate the first poster?
Samādhi (concentration of mind)
Print 2 of 3 in a 3-part series.
“I didn’t come here for pain. Pain already I had in my life”. S. N. Goenka Discourse Quotation
The focal area of the print is a central inward-looking circle with concentric lines representing my thoughts on the free flow technique scanning of the body.
Observing subtle sensations marked a confusing and rewarding time during the process. My thoughts aired between unnecessary worry about if I was practicing the technique correctly to not caring, to feeling great and then back again.
Paññā (the wisdom of insight)
Print 3 of 3 in a 3-part series.
“Equanimity”. – S. N. Goenka Discourse Quotation
The focal area of the print is a central inward-looking keyhole, encompassing the triangle and circle elements from the two previous designs. The shape represents the insight gained through mastery of the mind.
Nearing the end of the daily discourse Goenka would recite a calming prayer and I continually noticed the distinctive shape of his hand. The position of the 4th digit is slightly offset and continually caught my attention.
The remaining quote prints are all derived from these initial three theme. After challenging days, the daily discourses by Goenka offer a welcome time to reflect and decompress. Injecting humour into the talks rendered the dialogue clearer and more memorable and these quotes form the text content for the Vipassana Quotes series.
Regularly used lines that from the uniqueness if the delivery includes:
Contextual lines taken from the many discourse parables:
- “What dirty hair?”
- “Oh no, I must have Rolls Royce.”
- “I didn’t come here for pain. Pain already I had in my life”.
Please note that all the shared content and designs on the website are based on my personal experiences and opinions of the 10-day meditation course.