In 2003, Frank was commissioned to paint a wall mural of a popular Zen scroll painting done by Hakuin Ekaku (1685 – 1768). This art illustrates the story “Catching the Reflection of the Moon.”
Frank’s wall mural re-creation stands about 6 feet high and painted in acrylic.
As the story goes, a monkey (Gibbon) sees a reflection of the moon in a deep water well and climbs out on a branch to catch it…the branch breaks. The monkey falls into the well and drowns.
This is a cautionary tale about how unrealistic ambition can lead to suffering and even fatal consequences.
Understanding the “Monkey Mind” is important to a successful Zen practice. Our monkey mind is emotion driven. Zen practice unleashes your “Big Mind” to begin to see what is, more clearly.