The Colours of Peace: The contribution of Japanese Buddhism
2013 THE YEAR OF JAPAN – SPAIN
2014 A 400 YEAR RELATIONSHIP
Within the joint Spanish Japanese initiative intended to increase new perspectives in the centennial bilateral relationship, commemorating the 400 years which have elapsed since Keicho Embassy left the region of Sendai in October 1613, reaching the city of Seville a year later, is the framework for the exhibition of Francisca Blázquez, the Madrid artist. The Year of Japan - Spain
has a particular emphasis on cultural aspects such as, art, architecture, design, science and technology. The Japanese Embassy in Spain coordinates the events through the Secretariat of its Operating Team, integrated in the Executive Committee of the Year of Japan - Spain.
In fact the contacts began earlier, when in 1582 the Tensho Mission was sent to Philip II, promoted by several men from the Nagasaki region. But, they had to wait until later for the contact to be made through the Keicho Embassy, the first Japanese diplomatic mission headed by the samurai Tsunenaga Hasekura, promoted by the Lord of Sendai, Date Masamune, during the reign of
Francisca Blázquez - (www.franciscablazquez.net and https://franciscablazquez.net – Mobile: 0034 635 01 98 57), acknowledged creative artist, born in Madrid, Spain, exhibits at the Egyptian Institute of Islamic Studies in the Spanish capital from the 5th – 12th April, 2014, the inauguration is on Tuesday, 8th April at 19.30.
The Egyptian Institute of Islamic Studies is located in Calle Francisco de Asís Méndez Casariego 1 (at the junction of Paseo de Habana 40), Madrid 28002. Tel: 91 563 9468. Opening hours, Monday to Friday: 10.00 – 15.00 and 16.30 – 20.30. Saturday: 10.30 – 14.00.
The creator of Dimensionalism in 1998 explores cosmic investigation into the etheric, atmic, Buddhist, spiritual and love dimension, amongst others. The result is a work which travels through different dimensions, which flows from the inside out, that looks for the vibrational intensity in its own right and as well as its causal effect.
She creates energy compositions which are spiritual channellings through meditation. Plasma vibrations and energy which interact with the individual, benefitting them in every aspect: healing, spirituality, gifts, achievements, wealth, abundance, love, happiness, transcendence… Recreating the seven cosmic rays, showing all the force of the platinum light that is reaching the
earth from the centre of the galaxy.
On this occasion, her pictorial work is focused on peace and its positive transformational energy in the world. Her work is more subtle, with etheric colours, almost evanescent, but within its own distinctive and expressive imprint.
The artist from Madrid, establishes in her art a clear relationship with the undoubtable contribution to peace, of the Japanese Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin, who made known to humanity the original mystical cause, possessing the three illuminated properties incarnated in the entity of his life and whose beneficial effects go beyond the three existences. He is considered to be
the founder of the true Buddhism.
Nichiren Daishonin found the key to transform the suffering of people
Nichiren Daishonin, the son of fishermen, was born in 1222 in Japan, he thoroughly investigated why Buddhism had lost a part of its ability to allow people to live a happy life. He studied the Buddhist sutras of all ages and schools, concluding that the `Lotus Sutra´ contained the essence of the Buddha´s enlightenment and that in the mentioned sutra is the key to transforming the
suffering of the people and fostering the empowerment and development of society. The Lotus Sutra determines that all people regardless of their origin, class, ability, culture or provenance, inherently have the qualities of a Buddha. With the study of the Lotus Sutra, Nichiren established the intonation of the Nam-myôhô-renge-kyô, and affirmed that its intonation is the direct
path to the attainment of Buddhahood. The master determined that the principle that governs the vital functions of the Universe is the Mystical Law, which he called Nam-myôhô-renge-kyô. It is a practice that allows us to overcome the illusion that surrounds us to immerse ourselves in the true enlightenment of our lives.
The importance of the voice
Although many people associate Buddhist practice with silent meditation, Nichiren made special emphasis on the fact that the voice performs the task of the Buddha. But Daishonin is fundamental in the recitation and intonation of the prayers. On the other hand, he added another fundamental question that focuses on obtaining the highest potential of the human being for the benefit
of mankind, instead of concentrating solely on spiritual abstraction and the exploration of the soul. The voice is fundamental so that the human being connects with his/her self, with the rest of humanity and with the Universe, in permanent vibration with life and death.
Accordingly, Daishonin focused his work and efforts on defining that the human being is inwardly an enlightened Buddha, concluding that the five Chinese characters of the Lotus Sutra: myô, hô, ren, ge y kyô, represent the essence of the teaching of the Mystic Law stating that Shakyamuni and all Buddhas had obtained enlightenment. The key date was the 28th April, 1253 when the
practice of reciting of Nam-myôhô-renge-kyô came into force from which everyone can achieve Buddhahood. A great number of people became his followers, from experts and scholars of the history of Buddhism, experts in Buddhist teachings to fishermen, peasants and people who neither knew how to read or write.
According to the scholars, Nam-myôhô-renge-kyô can be translated as `I consecrate myself to the Lotus Sutra of the Prodigious Law´. The Japanese master clearly explains the deep meaning of each of the characters in the great diversity of his writings.
`Nam´(whose phonetic variation is namu) comes from Sanskrit and means `to consecrate life´. While the rest, ´myôhô-renge-kyô´ is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese characters that make up the title of the Lotus Sutra, whose name in Sanskrit is Saddharma-pundarika-sutra (Sutra of the White Lotus of the Prodigious Law). Its Buddhism is contemporary, current and universal,
which combines elements of Sanskrit and Chinese.
`Myôhô´- which corresponds to saddharma – which means Mystic Law or Prodigious Law. The master breaks it down into `myô´- which represents death and which corresponds to the mysterious nature of our life, bestowing it with three meanings: opening up, being empowered and reviving, and `ho´- life – which is the dharma or law. If we join them together, they refer to the Mystic Law.
Buddhism has both life and death aspects, active and latent, whose continuity is determined by the Law of Causality, or cause and effect, that relates to the lotus flower or `renge´ in Japanese. The lotus produces seeds at the moment in which the petals of its flower open up, symbolizing the principle of the simultaneity of cause and effect, symbolizing that the person who
practices the Mystic Law obtains the cause and the effect of Buddhahood simultaneously.
`Kyô´ signifies sutra or set of teachings transmitted by the Buddha, representing the word and the voice of all living beings, being constant and at the same time immutable with time: past, present and future.
Enlightenment and Francisca Blázquez
The work of Francisca Blázquez expresses enlightenment and its essential condition, because she considers that everything that exists is part of an intelligent whole that has compatible and interconnected functions in most subtle phases, inner and outer, visible and invisible.
Although we do not know the universe in detail, in reality, everything is there, inside and outside, in us and in the whole. Her painting is part of that whole, representing the cosmos in its totality, its forces and energies, macro and micro in action through the universes, multiverses and omniverses.
Each dimension has its own codes, formed by the vibrational definition, diverse concentration of energies that shape the visible aspect that the artist reflects.
What she really wants to communicate is the goodness and grandeur of the Universe. It teaches us to be one with its magnificence, where knowledge is to be found in all its facets. In this way it becomes a channel to transform life and benefit us.
Interactive art that helps the individual person
The art of Francisca Blázquez, apart from being an investment in art, and an aesthetic creation is, fundamentally, interactive energy art that helps people and their environments, transforming and improving them. In this way it connects with existence from the perspective of the multidimensional in all its aspects.
With over 400 individual and collective exhibitions in 17 countries on three continents, the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary Madrid artist who is essentially a painter, but also a creator of sculptures, jewellery, digital animation, installations, drawings, prints, performances, video creation, experimental dance and interactive art, bringing to contemporary art, harmony
between science and spirituality because they are complementary and inseparable.
Her work is represented in some of the best collections of the world: Newman Foundation in Chicago, Fundación Argentaria in Madrid, Olympic Games exhibition in Pekin, Marugame Hirai Museum in Japan, Artistic Circle in Venice, Platinum Collection, Grupo Dúplex, Eurodesign, Bolsa de Comercio in Buenos Aires, 200 Swiss companies, Unión de Bancos Suizos, Swiss Banking Corporation,
Museo Arte On, N & N, Egyptian Institute of Islamic Studies, etc. She has also participated in major art fairs throughout Europe, including Cologne and ARCO in Madrid.
Francisca Blázquez is an artist who loves beauty, who transmits the contemporary without having to give up her own idiosyncrasy, allowing us to contemplate the transcendence of the spiritual from an attitude of today. She loves love because she is pure love in action.
Joan Lluis Montané
International Association of Art Critics (IAAC)
Traductora del inglés: Margaret Flanders