Cold Buddha
Cold Buddha

冷凍庫, 氷

厨子に見立てた冷凍庫の中に、氷でできた阿弥陀如来坐像が安置されています。仏像を拝むために厨子を開ける時、仏像は外気の侵入によって徐々に溶けてゆきます。仏教の基本的な教義の一つに、「諸法無我」という考え方があります。諸法無我とは、全ての物事に永遠不変の実体性としての「我」はないという思想です。全ては独立自存(independent)のものではなく、依存(dependent)の関係にあるとする「縁起(dependent origination)」の思想観に基づいています。釈迦はパーリ仏典経蔵小部の第3経「自説経」において以下のように述べています。

— 小部経典『自説経』(1, 1-3菩提品)

本作では仏像は、鑑賞者の関与によって刻一刻と変化し、連続的な因果関係によって、最終的には消滅してしまいます。仏像と鑑賞者の間には「敵対」の関係が成立していると言えるでしょう。しかし、仏教では、諸行無常というように、変化することは世の摂理であると説かれています。Cold Buddhaは自らの物質性(=仏教用語では「色」と表現されます。)を犠牲にすることによって、私たちと世界の関係性を体現してくれます。


A seated image of Amitabha Nyorai made of ice is enshrined in a freezer that resembles a kitchen. When the kitchen is opened to worship the Buddha image, the image gradually melts due to the intrusion of outside air. One of the basic tenets of Buddhism is the concept of "all things are equal. This is the idea that there is no "self" as an eternal, unchanging entity in all things. It is based on the idea of "independent origination," which holds that everything is not independent but dependent. In the third sutra of the Pali Buddhist sutras, the "Jisetsu Sutra," the Buddha said the following.
"If this is, he is; if this is not, he is not. If this arises, he arises; if this perishes, he perishes." - (Small Part Sutra, Jisetsu Sutra, 1, 1-3 Bodhicitta)
In this work, the Buddha image changes from moment to moment with the involvement of the viewer, and ultimately disappears through continuous causality. It can be said that an "adversarial" relationship has been established between the Buddha image and the viewer. However, Buddhism teaches that change is the providence of the world, and that Cold Buddha sacrifices his own materiality (= "color" in Buddhist terminology) in order to bring us the Buddha image. Cold Buddha embodies the relationship between us and the world by sacrificing his own materiality (= "color" in Buddhist terminology).

Excerpts from the introduction to the works in the solo exhibition Yesterday's antagonist becomes today's ally, Today's ally becomes tomorrow's antagonist. at Gallery Muryoku, Toyama, Japan.
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