Knowing our Mind


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It was once said and belief that
the mind is like a painter
spreading the various colours:

However delusion will grasps different forms
But then the elements have no distinctions.

More interesting note from the observer:

"In the elements there's no form,
And no form in the elements;
Yet apart from the elements
No form can be found".

"In the mind is no painting,
In painting there is no mind;
Yet not apart from mind
Is any painting to be found.

The wise man said that mind never stops,
"Manifesting all forms,
Countless, inconceivably many,
unknown to one another".

"Just as a painter
cannot know his own mind
yet paints due to the mind,
so is the nature of all things.

Mind is like an artist,
Able to paint the worlds:
The five clusters [aggregates] are born thence;
There is nothing it does not make"

I would like to know if the mind is inexhaustible
and can people know the actions of the mind?
Surprising it seems this discovery was from Buddha
Fellow photographers, any thing to share on the above?

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Photographers spent time examining
and upgrading his tools and talk about
techniques but seldom spent time
to know more about his own mind before
he produces his work.

:embrass: (me a curplit too)!
 

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Originally posted by forward
I would like to know if the mind is inexhaustible
and can people know the actions of the mind?
Surprising it seems this discovery was from Buddha
Fellow photographers, any thing to share on the above?
i don't know about that Buddha connection, but it is my opinion that sometimes our actions precedes that of the mind's ability to intepret the meaning of our actions.....

a picture taken out of instinct may appear to be a bad piece of work initially, or may appear not to be such a great idea, but sometimes there might be a real gem of a meaningful image upon closer reflection.

some of the pictures i've taken which i personally like (not to say they are necessarily my best work) are pictures which i didn't think are worth much or will turn out well at the point of the photographic action of pressing the shutter, but yet turned out to be my favourites.

an example is the one below - i nearly wanted to delete it after seeing it appear on my D30's LCD, cos it didn't look that great at that point. i'm glad i didn't.

after that incident, i stopped on location editing of my work. i don't want to delete something that may turn out to be great shots later on! Shows that you have to get into the right frame of mind when u perform your editorial filtering of photos. At that point, i simply wanted to clear space on my CF card and could have cleared off a picture which i personally like......

 

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after that incident, i stopped on location editing of my work. i don't want to delete something that may turn out to be great shots later on! Shows that you have to get into the right frame of mind when u perform your editorial filtering of photos. At that point, i simply wanted to clear space on my CF card and could have cleared off a picture which i personally like......
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Thanks Red Dawn for giving us these examples to illustrate
your thoughts. Many more photographers out there who
would have done the same, do you care to share?

There are hundreds of such "lousy" or "bad" shots still kept
in boxes and when I take them out to view them months or
years later I am surprised that actually
I like some of them and wonder why I have
taken them out during the editing process.

Anyway, I am happy that I did not throw them away,
I still kept polariod shots that were used to
test the lighting conditions, layout,
poses and sometimes for the expressions.
Now a good idea is to get them
into coffee table book. :bsmilie:

With digital too I won't want to delete during shooting just to
save space on my CF card unless it is really a "very blurry"
shot. Thank you once again for sharing.

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Can we argue that the struggle between
"for" and "against" is the mind's worst disease;

Can we argue that if the human mind is blank
and featureless as space; it has no "too little" or "too much;"
Only because we take and reject does it seem to us not to be so?

:eek: :light:
 

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