Inca Exhibit 2023
The Inca and pre-Columbian cultures of Peru are featured in a special exhibit coming in August of 2023. The Inca culture is rich in spiritual symbolism and significance. Similar to the Taoist culture, the Incans looked to nature as a guide for how to live in harmony and peace in this world. They communed with God and natural forces. The Incan kings ruled most of pre-Columbian Peru and parts of surrounding territories. Although the Incan empire lasted only approximately 100 years, the legacy of the Inca is still influencing the Peruvians’ way of living today.
The Mystery of Life
Taoism takes as its foundation, the ancient Taoist philosophy that Tao is the source of creation, “qi” (energy) transformed into the universe, and the world is formed by the unification of Heaven and humans. Additionally, Taoism developed the conceptual understanding of the mutual transformation of Yin and Yang, which forms the basic belief of Taoism. After going through many dynasties, it evolved into a religion that claims one can attain Tao and become an immortal through believing in the spirit of Tao to cultivate oneself.
The Music of Life
Confucianism was established by Confucius in the fifth century B.C. and emerged from the traditional practices of rites and music of the Zhou Dynasty. Confucianism is also called Confucian learning and the ideology of Confucius and Mencius. Its core values are benevolence, forgiveness, loyalty, and filial piety. It emphasizes the cultivation and nurturance of Confucian ethics and virtue. It stresses that benevolence and propriety have to complement each other. Confucian teachings focus on morality and ethics in daily life and emphasize the Five Human Relationships and family morality.
The Trace of Life
Buddhism originated around the sixth to fifth century BC. After Prince Siddhartha Gautama of Kapilavastu in ancient India (Nepal) left his family, became enlightened, and attained Buddhahood, he educated his disciples, and his teachings gradually developed into a religion. The objective of Buddhist cultivation is to thoroughly understand the truth of life and the universe. Buddhists want to cultivate themselves according to the Dharma to sever all their worries and sufferings, transcend the cycle of life and death, and attain ultimate emancipation.
Our Art room features artists from around the world. This year we feature artists from Taiwan and Canada.
Born in 1953 in Taiwan, Miss Shu-Hui is a sincere student of the Ancient Asian Art of Calligraphy. Her work reflects her connection to nature and the infinite wonder and wisdom that can be realized through that connection.
Wu Geng-Yin is a painter that specializes in the characteristic “Light of the Century” style of oil painting. His work depicts scenes from his native land of Taiwan.
Fernand Labelle is a renowned Canadian artist and illustrator. His works are featured in many Canadian museums and buildings. His primary subjects are landscapes, seascapes, snow scenes, forests, lakes, and rivers.