Buddha Song 佛曲
STORIES, MUSIC VIDEO & IMAGES 故事、音樂視頻和靚相
The only religion I know is Christianity and I have limited let alone in depth knowledge of any other religion. Yet I found some Buddhist verses uplifting, especially when I was in turmoil. As a child in Hong Kong, I noticed the influence of Buddhism, especially amongst the lower classes, which I was familiar with as I lived amongst them. However, I noticed these people were not interested in religious doctrine. They were secular and wished that a mixture of Buddhist and Taoist deity (as shown in local popular stories, Cantonese opera dramas and Hong Kong Cantonese films) to bless them with good living and happiness ― perhaps a little akin to worshiping gods in ancient Greece and Rome. Buddhism, though it originated in India, has influenced China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia, and evolved with local cultures. In Hong Kong, Buddhist monks and nuns shaved their heads, and must practise celibacy and veganism. Yet in many novels, including Hong Kong martial arts novels that I have read, Buddhist monks have been portrayed as licentious, and even eating dog meat (illegal in Hong Kong), yet on the other extreme some have reached the wisdom of forsaking all desires, and their sayings enlightened those who are still in the 'Bitter Sea (worldly sufferings)'. I suppose this is all due to good and bad of human natures rather than a particular religion. There are many interesting incidents/stories that I have experienced or heard, and I will gradually add these onto this page. The fact is, one can see the influence of Buddhism in literature, in architecture and in art...
I wrote a piece many years ago as inspired by what I remember of monks/nuns chanting the name of Buddha, and what I remember of a song that I learned in primary school which was the story of a Buddhist monk. I use the recording to make a music video, with images modified from photos of Buddha taken by my friend Kitty Kwan at Dazu Rock Carvings and Longmen Grottoes. I know Kitty from our school days at Hong Kong True Light Middle School.
In the following I share some photos taken by people I know, of Buddha and temples that they took in various parts of the world reflecting Buddhism merging with different cultures: CLICK EACH IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Juliet is an accomplished photographer — see more of her excellent photos in my music video "". The following are photos of the well known Kamakura Buddha in Japan and how people try to capture and pose before it. After that there are some cute Buddhas, and then various forms of Buddha.
" BUDDHA SONG " music video - Work in progress
Mr Leung 梁熾衡
Mr. Chee-Hung Leung was a member of staff at the True Light Middle School of Hong Kong who remains very connected with alumni of the school. He travels a lot and likes to take photographs. I have modified one of his photos in my "" music video. The following photos were taken in Burma and China.
Choy May-Chu 蔡美珠
May-Chu and I were classmates for six years at the True Light Middle School of Hong Kong. I spent about a year to modify/animate her beautiful paintings and photos in "" – a playlist of six music videos. She is now living in Taiwan and the following photos were taken there.