Carving the Divine: Buddhist Sculptors of Japan
Copresented by the Center for Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley
Kourin Saito, Koun Seki, Koukei Konno, Koumei Yamada,
A beautifully made film that examines the mentorship of Japanese sculptors, who learn the art of busshi through the master-apprentice relationship and continue a 1,400-year-old tradition. “Artworks depicting buddhas and bodhisattvas are wordless teachings. In their facial expressions and gestures, we can see what we’re aiming for in our lives and practice—be it compassion, equanimity, meditative focus, or even wise anger. But who are the people who create these contemplative artworks? In Carving the Divine, a new, award-winning documentary, we meet some of these artists. Specifically, we’re offered a rare and intimate look at the lives and artistic process of traditional Japanese wood carvers” (Andrea Miller, Lion’s Roar).