The Mills'
Event

2021.06.12 - 07.04

The D. H. Chen Foundation presents: Weaving Lives – Zen Art Exhibition by Changlin Fashi 2021

Exhibition Period:

12 June – 4 July 2021

Opening Hour: 10am – 7pm

Venue: The Hall, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan

The D. H. Chen Foundation is a Hong Kong-based private philanthropic organization founded in 1970 by Dr. Chen Din-hwa, an ardent philanthropist and a devout Buddhist who also established Nan Fung Group. Over the past decades, the Foundation has been supporting numerous worthy community philanthropic initiatives in Hong Kong, Mainland China and other parts of the world to enrich lives.

To this day, Dr. Chen’s philanthropic vision continues to drive the Foundation’s work efforts. Aspiring to build a compassionate society, the Foundation has been endeavoring to steer innovative, impactful and sustainable initiatives to realize Dr. Chen’s philosophy “Care for others as well as you would care for yourself.”

Ven. Chang Lin, formerly known as Alain Yip, is a reputable professional photographer in Hong Kong who graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic (now Hong Kong Polytechnic University) studying Design. With over 50 years of experience in photography, he is a Founder and Honorary Member of the ‘Hong Kong Institute of Professional Photographers’. His works have been widely featured in various media and exhibitions. He has also compiled complementary publications on photography and meditation in daily life to share his photography and practice experience.

 

In 2009, he decided to give up all his fame and fortune and went to Master Guo Ru’s temple in Taiwan to start his monastic life. Ven. Chang Lin now leads meditation retreats in a simple and easy-to-follow way, helping others incorporate meditation into their daily lives.

 

Publications of Ven. Chang Lin include: ‘Meeting the Buddha in India’ (2011), ‘The Rain Always Flourishes the Forests’ (2013), ‘Work of Photography Zen 2014’, ‘The Rain Always Flourishes the Forests II’ (2015), ‘Every Photo is an Illusion – From a Photographer to a Monk’ (2015), ‘Work of Photography Zen 2015’, ‘At Ease with Body & Mind’ (2015), ‘Photo Essay of Mu Sang Sa’ (2016), ‘Photography – Family’ (2016), ‘From Existence to Emptiness’ (2016), ‘At Ease with Life & Death III’ (2017) , ‘The Wild Child under the Bodhi Tree’ (2017) , ‘One Day Retreat as a Bodhisattva’ (2017) , ‘Romeo & Juliet under the Bodhi Tree’ (2019), ‘Act of the Bodhisattva’ (2019), ‘Knocking on the Door to Buddhism’ (2021), ’ Weaving Life’ (2021).

Life is like weaving. The warp represents life’s length; the weft, its breadth. To accept or reject the resulting fabric is a choice each of us can make. Echoing the historical features of The Mills, Changlin Fashi’s exhibition of Zen photography and calligraphy incorporates a single length of fabric, woven from a variety of materials. This woven element forms a continuous axis linking the irregularly spaced art works in the exhibition. Through the rich visual and spatial experience thus created, viewers are guided toward awareness of a central tenet of Dharma and Zen art – the impermanence and changeability of everything in the universe.

More than just a display of artwork, the exhibition allows Zen practice to become a shared experience. While taking the photographs and creating the calligraphy, Changlin Fashi cleared his mind of all thoughts. In his simple, unrefined works, we see the results of this mindful creativity.

Art is more than what an artist sees. Through some forms of artistic expression the viewer is able to perceive the artist’s inner experience. Simple, direct, vivid and natural, the Zen aesthetic portrays the original nature and appearance of things. In this way, we may see things as they truly are.

Zen Exhibition Tour

The Tour will be led by a guide trained by Changlin Fashi and with meditation experience. The concept and works of the exhibition will be introduced. Participants will also experience the benefits of meditation practice in daily life.

Date: Public Holiday (14/06 & 01/07)  Every Saturday & Sunday

Time:  12:00pm-1:30pm / 2:00pm -3:30pm

Venue: The Hall, The Mills

‘Pause and Breathe’ Zone

When you are losing your temper or feeling unhappy during your busy schedule, you may stop immediately and feel your breath, stop thinking to prevent negative emotions from spreading, so as to handle everything wisely.

The exhibition site provides four ‘Pause and Breathe’ Zones, allowing visitors to follow the “10-minute meditation guide” to practice how to breathe mindfully and pay attention to their emotions.

Weaving Experience

Life is like weaving. The straight line represents the length of life which we may not be able to control; while the horizontal line means the width and depth of life which is a choice each of us can make.

In this exhibition, there is a artwork woven from different materials. The artwork forms a continuous axis at different heights and connected to a knitting machine, which represents ups and downs in our life. During the exhibition, interested visitors will be able to try weaving together, so the artwork will continue to change like life.

Date : Every Saturday & Sunday

Time : 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Venue : The Hall, The Mills

Calligraphy Painting Workshop

Changlin Fashi’s new creative is to use paint brushes to create calligraphy on the cloth at will. Through his experience of clearing his mind of all thoughts during shooting, he would like everyone to see the results of mindful creativity in his simple and unrefined calligraphy. It is also a shared experience of Zen practice.

During the exhibition, there will be a calligraphy painting workshop for visitors to draw calligraphy using water and experience what Fashi feels when doing calligraphy, as well as to experience the message of the impermanence and changeability of everything in the universe.

Date : Every Saturday & Sunday

Time : 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Venue : The Hall, The Mills

【Weaving Lives】Talk & Workshops

【Weaving Lives 】 Sharing Talk – Changlin Fashi X Karena Lam

During this Talk, Changlin Fashi and Ms Karena Lam will share their personal experience on art, creativity and Zen practice. In fact, there is no difference between life and these issues. They are inseparable.

Date : 13/6 (Sun)

Time : 10:30am – 12:00pm

Venue : Fabrica Atrium, 4/F, The Mills

Language : Cantonese

Yoga Workshop

Date : 12/6 (Sat)

Time : 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Venue : The Annex, M/F, The Mills

Age : above 18

Language : Cantonese

Deposit: $80

*Please bring your own mat

Zen Pottery Workshop

Tutor :  TOKI NASHIKI

Date :  20/6 Sun

Time : 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Venue :The Annex, M /F, The Mills

Age : above 15 

Language : Cantonese

Deposit: $80

Singing Bowl: A Relaxation Journey

Tutor : Sound Therapy Hong Kong

Date :  26/6 Sat

Time : 3:00pm – 4:00pm / 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Venue : The Annex, M Floor, The Mills

Age : above 15

Language : Cantonese 

Deposit: $80

Zentangle Experience Workshop

Tutor :  Carrie Yue (Certified Zentangle Teacher)

Date : 27/6 Sun

Time : 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Venue : The Annex, M/F, The Mills

Age : above 12

Language : Cantonese

Deposit: $80

Mori N Soul X Pastel Nagomi Art

Tutor : Mori N Soul

Date :  3/7 Sat

Time : 11:00am – 1:00pm 

Venue : The Annex, M/F, The Mills

Age : above 10

Language : Cantonese

Deposit: $80