a quest for consciousness unconfined
Buddhas on Death Row brings to light a profound journey unfolding in the darkest of places. It is a testament to the power of art, inner cultivation, and friendship.
This project was born out of correspondence traveling between the United States and Finland. The pen friends: Moyo, who lives on Death Row, and Maria, who lives in Helsinki.
“We can use these cells like meditation cells used by monks in monasteries. But prison is not a monastery.
Although I may do my best to take advantage of the opportunities I have for genuine practice in the confines of this cell, to lose touch with what the cell is intended for would be a mistake.”
“I’m building with layers of thoughts, ideas and emotions. It is a Dharmic resolution I’m seeking and the layers symbolize the progression to that point.”
“I try to make use of discarded or ignored bits in my art because we all have something worthwhile for another, we just have to find it – and it took me coming to death row to find my worth as a human.”
August 11-28, 2016