“The Itinerary Towards Tranquility” exhibition at COAM Madrid

Organized by Weiqiao Wang + Yuan Studio and the COAM Architecture Foundation, this exhibition explores the 20 Chinese Buddhist monasteries in Zhejiang Province, focusing on the Temple of Seven Pagodas.

 

“The Itinerary Towards Tranquility” © COAM

 

Early in the morning I enter this ancient monastery, the rising sun shines in the mountains. A tree-lined and winding path that leads to a deeper place, lush and colorful flowers bloom around the Buddhist monastery. The mountain is so bright that the birds are more cheerful, the lake is clear and refreshing. At this moment all things are silent, leaving only the sound of the bell.


 

“The Itinerary Towards Tranquility”
3 July – 31 August, 2019
COAM – Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid
Calle de Hortaleza, 63, Madrid
Spain

 


The exhibition takes the name of the phrase made “QuJing TongYou 曲径通幽 “(the tree-lined and winding road that leads to a deeper place). “幽 (You)”: elegant, calm, isolated, peaceful and satisfied. The four Chinese characters in the poem “曲径通幽” intriguingly summarize the spatial characteristics of Buddhist temples. The poet expressed his opinion about visiting the Buddhist temple: at a specific time (sunrise with the first sunlight), special atmosphere (bamboo path, secluded place, meditation room, flower garden, mountain light, birds, shadows in the pond, the bell rings in silence), everything he saw, heard and felt, contributed to the meditation.

 

“The Itinerary Towards Tranquility” © COAM

“The Itinerary Towards Tranquility” © COAM

 

Therefore, the author could gradually enter the good state and experience the pleasure of the calm mind beyond secularity, which is what modern researchers call “religious experience.” Therefore, we hope to explore the relationship between the life and space of the monks through the use of abstract artistic expressions, which will take visitors on a walk through the exhibition space and reach their inner peace on the winding road.

 

“The Itinerary Towards Tranquility” © COAM

 

The Temple of Seven Pagodas (Qita Si), from the bustling Baizhang Street, walking through the arch, worshiping Maitreya, who laughs at visitors, causes people to get rid of resentment and irritability; then, worshiping the Four Heavenly Kings and Veda, the solemnity of Buddha shows people self-discipline and rules; entering the Yuantong Hall to worship the solemn Bodhisattva of Guanyin, and the five hundred arhats, the Samantabhadra and the Manjushri on both sides; then entering the slightly narrow courtyard of the Hall of the Three Buddhas, which lead people to think about the cycle of time and space, listening to the sound of water, to worship the Guanyin Bodhisattva with a thousand hands behind; Enter the quiet and agile pond Xiangku Longchi, in the enclosed courtyard, the lotus on both sides, the koi in the pool freely, taking people immersed in the divine atmosphere.

 

“The Itinerary Towards Tranquility” © COAM

 

The path of practicing Buddhism is so rugged and winding, and it is not easy to become a Buddhist monk. Where is the mountain gate? Where is the road? Where is the destination? Going around, stumbling, isn’t secular life exactly the rotation in the world’s problems? Upon entering the space of the Buddhist domain parallel to secular life, the respectful, calm and isolated environment is the guide that the Buddhist temple gives us. The so-called “itinerary towards tranquility”, how can you drive? The existence of Buddhist architecture is precisely the ship and the sail of “driving.”


 

News source: COAM
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