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The Zendo pictured measures 4 1/2" high, 1 3/4 inches wide and 1 1/2 inch deep.
The monks are about 3/4 inches in height each

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I bet you won't be able to guess what these are all about. . . please, read on! :)

A few years back, while taking a weekend Japanese brush painting retreat with master Kaz Tanahashi, I was sitting at my work table and trying to master the unmasterable art of brush painting when Kaz came by my table, stood behind me watching and, upon seeing the way I was working said only "Your work area. . . like your mind.".

I had no idea what that meant at the time, but took it to mean he approved of my organized mess of papers, symbols and ideas. . . true artist tendencies no doubt! Only years later did I realize that what he was actually saying was, "If your work area is such a mess, your mind surely is too."

Now, I do not beat myself up about this long standing fact. I am constantly trying to accomplish ten things at once in the studio and sometimes that works for me like no sense of precise order can. BUT I want to improve my ability to make art a practice too. So I am trying very hard to learn to focus on one thing. Complete my task, and then move on to the next.

So, with that in mind, I decided whenever I find myself mired in tasks and too much clutter, I force myself to stop and make one of these little clay monks. Allowing myself to do nothing else while I am making it. You could say it is a punishment for busy minds. . . what it does though is it refocuses my mind on one task and it serves me very well.

However, since this seems to be fairly recurring problem, I am beginning to have a backlog of these little monks laying around. . . so I began building these little clay ZENDOs for them and so THAT is how this little item has come to be in the shop.

I am offering three little Zen monks and their little meditation Zendo, each hand formed and hand painted and no two are exactly the same, as a reminder to stay focused and to keep the mind quiet during your hectic days. To turn every aspect of your life into a practice, like Zazen. To pay attention and focus on each task in your day.

Also, I know it is one of the hardest things in Zen practice to maintain a sitting schedule by oneself, so, think of this as an instant sangha for your home!

These might be perfect for YOUR altar space, terrarium creation or anywhere you need a little reminder to stay focused. . . and if you want more than two monks just let us know. . . we have them. . . and you can add more of them for very little extra. A bigger building? No problem give me the dimensions and I'll create one.

PS, while listing this item I was not doing anything else simultaneously! The monk population in my studio remains the same tonight! :)


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