We’re joined this week by Soto Zen teacher Zenkai Taiun Elliston. Along with the being the abbot of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, Taiun is also a long-time professional designer, having trained and taught modern design. We ask him to share his perspective on the interplay and parallels between the two fields, which brings about a very interesting conversation about the aesthetic of simplicity, the importance of sensory engagement, and the nature of the medium we are exploring, whether it’s a physical medium, as in design, or the medium of consciousness itself, as in Zen.
Silent Thunder Order ( http://silentthunderorder.org )
Atlanta Soto Zen Center ( http://www.aszc.org )
Bauhaus Design ( https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Bauhaus )