Archive for February, 2010

Ornaments of Pure Presence

February 12, 2010

Welcome to the Ornaments of Pure Presence web site. On these pages we are going to explore the possibility that Art could be an authentic spiritual path.

The popular conceptions of Art seem to be that it is just decorative, or something to collect as an investment, or an instrument for marketing, or packaging.

This website is going to explore another, deeper meaning for Art. It is going to explore the idea of Art as an instrument for the development of insight into the core of all experience, indeed all of reality. This core is primordial, pure presence or pure awareness of nowness.

This insight is based on a radical shift in our view of reality — as revolutionary as the Copernican revolution: that the earth revolves around the sun rather than the sun revolving around the earth.

This new perspective is the view that, rather than mind being an emergent property of the brain, the brain, and indeed, matter, energy, space and time are emergent properties of mind and that mind itself is an emergent property of pure presence, or pure awareness of nowness.

The website explores the possibility of uncovering this deeper, ecstatic ground through contemplating art, and specifically the images in the book Ornaments of Pure Presence which are also available as prints.

I hope that you find this site useful in your search for a deeper meaning in your life.

Please continue your reading here: We Live in Two Worlds.

Mike Butler