"I believe that the most important adventure in the 21st century is a voyage toward an undiscovered country: PEACE." This quote by Joseph Kagle explains why he became the curator of the collection of photographs by Rev. Ryofu Pussell which will be on exhibit beginning Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Lone Star College-Kingwood SFA Art Gallery.
The collection will be displayed in honor of International Education Week. The pictures were taken within the Urasenke Estate, Kyoto Japan, an area which is completely closed to the public and heavily guarded.
Rev. Ryofu Pussel received special permission to photograph the gardens, the valued tea utensils, the ancient tea rooms and many other unique items which are rarely, if ever seen. The exhibit will travel worldwide. The objective in the minds of its creators is "part of a larger initiative to open the minds in America, Asia, and Europe to ‘sail to an uncharted land.'"
The images shown through the lens represent a more personal message than just interesting photos. They give a glimpse into what a person may experience when using these items. "Harmony, respect, purity, tranquility, imperfect beauty; and unconditioned egoless loving-kindness lead to inner peace when a person allows these ideals to flow through them while sharing a bowl of green tea." These are the words of the artist when he speaks of this ancient ceremony. Simplicity is beauty and the simplicity of the photographs of Rev. Ryofu Pussel lead the viewer to the heart of the Way of Tea.
The unique opportunity for the area to view this exhibit is incredible. It is a visual experience and a learning one. Each photograph is accompanied by a paragraph explaining the significance of the items or scene. The text is created by the artist and brings the viewer farther into his experience. The fact that the viewer is in an intimate gallery can only add to the experience.
The artist, Rev. Ryofu Pussel, was born in 1968 and has lived in Japan since 1992. Although he is German, he is a fully licensed Zen-Buddhist monk. He was honored by his Japanese master who made him his successor in the 82nd Generation in direct bloodline since the historical Buddha. Rev. Ryofu Pussel practices chado, also. Chado is The Japanese Way of Tea. He is the only Westerner to hold all licenses in both Soto-Zen Buddhism and Urasenke Japanese Way of Tea.
Formally educated in Australia and in England, Rev. Ryofu Pussel holds a Masters of Education and a Masters of Arts in Buddhist Studies. While pursuing his PhD. he still has time to be a very active Rotarian. He is an RI Bequest Society member, and a Paul Harris Fellow. In 2007-2008 he will be President of the Rotary e-Club of the Southwest USA.
Photography is his art and this has led him to membership in many related groups. He is part of The Royal Photographic Society, and his UK patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. His American memberships include the Professional Photographers of America and The National Press Club among others.
A contributor to numerous magazine websites and newspapers, this artist is not confined to pictures. He is currently writing two Buddhist books which will be published in Germany. His past five books were published in the USA. And he has contributed to educational material which is used by the Ministry of Education in Australia.
The show, which is curated by Joseph Kagle, will run through Nov.18, and a reception for the grouping will be held on Nov. 13 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Visit the Art Gallery
For more information about this or future exhibits at Lone Star College-Kingwood call 281-312-1534.
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