A Zen Moment, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches, completed by Elizabeth Nguyen-Espinoza in 2015. This painting is a still life painting showing a little monk statute with his ear listening and in a meditative position. The little monk statute was given to the artist by one of her monk friends who just returned from Southeast Asia.
In this painting, the little monk is mediating, a Buddhist process, whereby he is transforming his mind. The practices used to encourage and develop concentration and clarity in order to relax and welcome emotional positivity and calmness. Through meditation, one sees the true nature of things around them in order to deal with personal sorrows, anxieties, fears, hatreds, and confusions, which beset the human mind and condition. The orchids used in this still life painting symbolize love, beauty, charm, thoughtfulness, fertility, and refinement. The mixture of white and pink orchids represent innocent, purity, grace, and joy.
In the Zen Moment, the artist encourages others to avoid negative emotions because they are our enemy. In order to see reality fully, we must look at things objectively and not let negative emotions strongly influence our minds. Otherwise, we cannot see things objectively, and to see things objectively, we must have a calm mind.
“When we are caught up in a destructive emotion, we lose one of our greatest assets: our independence.” Dalai Lama