White Tara, Dharmapala Thangka Centre

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The hands want to see, the eyes want to caress.

–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The dancer has his ear in his toes.

–Friedrich Nietzsche

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How would the painter or poet express anything other than his encounter with the world?

–Maurice Merleau-Ponty

These quotes are included in The Eyes of the Skin, by Juhani Pallasmaa. And the eye in Tara’s hand has always intrigued me.

Note: I am in New York for a few days. I have queued up a few small-scale directionals, gentle proddings that shift the way to view the familiar.

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