Portrait of Izac


Izac and his family came to visit the Mountain Spirit Center at the same time as I was there taking pictures. His Dad showed him how ring the zen bell by swinging the beam (see below.) We all noted that the bell tone was very relaxing, then I researched:

The 大鐘 Ōgane (1) is the largest bell used in the monastery, it hangs underneath a specially-designed structure. The heavy swinging beam (2, 撞木 shumoku) is used to strike the bell. It is this bell which reflects the spirit of the Buddhist temple. The ring has a peculiarly soul-pacifying effect.     SZÓTÓ ZEN SŌTŌ ZEN

Izac was a seven year old from Tehachapi, California, USA. Isaac liked playing Minecraft, and with Legos, and going to the park. He obviously liked Batman (notice his cap); his favorite Batman villain was Joker.  “Batman is my favorite,” he asserted, “because he has a battery ram and he has a grabble hooker so like when he’s far away, he can like hold the grabble hooker and then he can like get up where no one can go.”

For those of you who are not familiar with Batman:

LEGO Batman with Grappling Hook

Izac likes the cartoon Batman a bit more than the live action version. Both he and he Dad were surprised to find out that the actor, Mark Hamill, who was Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, played the voice of Joker on the cartoons.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Buddhist Prayer Bell

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About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on February 15, 2017, in photography, Portraits and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Coming from ABC- Wed. – am always happy to meet a wordpresser!

  2. I should see that Batman movie!
    ROG, ABCW

  3. What a wonderful meeting you had

    Have a nice ABC-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
    http://melodymusic.nl/20-i/

  4. Nice looking lad and sounds like he has a great little hobby.

    Leslie
    abcw team

  5. Excellent portrait of Izac and the prayer bell and excellent write up about him and the monastery.

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