Day 55 – In Bodies of Clay…

I should be working right now, but instead I am talking with one of our customers about my project.  Diane is a regular and we have had lots of conversations.  She is really nice and usually has something interesting to offer.  She is a member of Soka Gokkai International, an International Buddhist Association dedicated to world peace.  I am a former member.  So we have a little in common.  I never feel any judgement from Diane that I am no longer a member.  I really like that.  I have told her a little bit about my time and experience with SGI and she understands where I am.  Anyway, I  tell her about the Gift Prolific.  She has such a great response to it.  That helps me to be even more excited about it.  I hand her one of my new fancy “Gift Prolific” business cards.  The next day she comes in and we chat for a quick bit.  She says that she hasn’t gotten a chance to check the site out yet….No problem.  I gift her a bouquet of Gerbera Daisies.  It totally catches her off guard….Her smile stretches from ear to ear.  It’s the kind of smile that you can’t fake.  I can see that this gift just made her day.  And it just made mine a whole lot better too.

I am still a Buddhist….I am just not a member of SGI anymore.  I try not to classify it too much and just let it be.  As I have said before, I feel that this project is a meditation and an exercise in my own development.  Very much like Buddhism.  Zen and the art of daily painting and giving.  You must stay present for the gifts to really connect….You must be honest with yourself and the receiver.  You must do this with a sense of abundance.  If you do this….It will lift up your life.  Even if it is only for a short time each day.  Making time for this is challenging but so is anything else worth doing.  This painting represents the Buddhist nature of this project.  No matter what sect of Buddhism or any other belief you may have….this is a meditation.  A process.  A practice.

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My name is Joshua Coffy and I am an artist living in San Francisco. You can see my art at www.undersong.com as well. Thanks for your time.
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4 Responses to Day 55 – In Bodies of Clay…

  1. Linda Garrity says:

    Thank you once again for leading me to something I know nothing about- I’ve read quite a bit about SGI and found that we have an active organization for it here in the South Loop area of Chicago.

    I also found out that SGI partnered with the Chicago Park District and created this Peace Garden in Lincoln Park-there is so much I don’t know about this city I was born and raised in, but will put this on my list of places I’d like to visit:
    http://www.waymarking.com/gallery/image.aspx?f=1&guid=71fc61c5-78b2-45e7-adba-f4aa4e7fa203

    Here is the story of a sculpture created for this garden-the description of the design of it by the artist may interest you:
    http://www.margotmcmahon.com/exhibits.html

    Lastly, loosely related to your topic of Buddhism is this photo our son, Colin took somewhere in Pai Country in Thailand. I’m not an artist myself, but somewhat of a budding photographer and am captivated by this scene and wonder so many things about it: where are they going, what are they thinking (particularly the second to last boy who seems to be yawning and the young boy at the end who is out of step (think Abbey Road album cover)? So many questions I’ll never know the answers to……but I guess that is part of the reason I find this photo so intriguing.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/101763678285783678141/FavoritePhotos#5669263644079520738

    XOXO

    • giftprolific says:

      Hey Linda….

      Yeah? great! I am so filled with happiness that you participate in this project’s blog. It really is very cool. SGI is an interesting organization. I was a member for about 8 years when I lived in Los Angeles. I enjoyed most of my experiences with the people of SGI. I left the organization due to a few rough patches with some of my senior members. I stopped being a member about 8 years ago….however I still respect the group as a whole. They do some great things. My Buddhist practice nowadays is closer to a Zen Practice. but I am no monk! Lol. Just trying to stay present…and learn what I can.
      Are you a waymarker?…..Are you a geocacher? We are big geocachers! We have been caching since 2007. I never want to quit that!
      This picture is great. Maybe they are supposed to be learning a walking meditation. And you are right it is like a Buddhist Abbey Road. Lol. Take care.
      Talk to you soon.

  2. Linda Garrity says:

    Thanks for your reply-I really do have some reaction to just about every one of your posts, but have wondered if you were beginning to think, “Oh no, not that “Reply Prolific” chick again!” So life and time permitting, I’m reserving my deep thoughts for the ones that touch me the most.

    Thanks for explaining your history with the SGI and why you fell away from them; I’m leery of any organization that has too many “musts”, but do appreciate that their main intention is to help all of mankind.

    I am aware of geocaching, but don’t know anyone personally who does it. It looks like great fun, but I still am technologically challenged and don’t yet have a cell phone with GPS capabilities. I’ve never heard the term “waymarker” though; and googling it gives me a variety of definitions. If you have time, I’d love to know how you are using the term.

    Happy carving day!!!!!
    XOXO

    • giftprolific says:

      Waymarking.com is another GPS based adventure. You find cool stuff and mark the geolocation on the site….then other people can find cool stuff. LIKE…In your original post (http://www.waymarking.com/gallery/image.aspx?f=1&guid=71fc61c5-78b2-45e7-adba-f4aa4e7fa203) is on the waymarking site. Someone posted it as a peace garden and gave the location and history about it. Then other waymarkers can seek it out with their GPS. They break all the sites down into categories….I am a member of the SUNDIAL category. I approve people’s waymarks of Sundials all over the world. Approval just means that I preview their post and make sure it is appropriate and relevant to the category. Its kind of a neat thing. Say you were looking for GIANT public sculptures….you could search of them on waymarking.com and then download the GPS coordinates and go find a ton of Giant Sculptures. Basically it is something for us nerds to do in order to get outside…LOL.

      And don’t worry about all the posts! It is great to get to talk with someone that likes the project so much. I wish there were more folks replying to posts…..gotta spread the word I suppose. I should get off of here….I have 33 more pumpkins to carve for today’s gift!!!! YIKES! Take care.

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