偶然を設計する | Seeking for rareness

身心はうることやすし 世界に稲麻竹葦のごとし 法はあふことまれなり

–––正法眼蔵第二十八・礼拝得髄

身心を得て人になるのは易しい。世に人は稲・麻・竹・葦のようにありふれている。だが逢うことも稀なものがある。それを「法」と言っているわけだが、これを「仏法」とか「真理」とかに置き換えてわかったつもりになるのも、どうなのか。

あふことまれなるもの。いったい何だろう。そのニュートリノみたいなやつを、もうすこし、「まれ」から「ときどき」ぐらいに遭遇確率を上げる道具はないものか。安藤忠雄は言った、建築は、偶然を設計することだと。そのために一枚の壁を立てて、刻々と変化する偶然を映す。稀なものを釣る。「自上金鱗」は、釣らずして金色に輝く大魚が自ら舟に上ってくるという、釣の名人を指す言葉。

 

It is so easy and common to receive body and mind; you find as many beings with them as rice, flax, bamboo, and reed. But it is rare to meet dharma.

–––Receiving the Marrow by Bowing, Ch.28 Shobogenzo.

Though “dharma” usually means truth in Buddhism, an extension is suggested to imply anything that is rare to meet. Can we create a device that is able to improve the meeting probability from “rare” to “occasional”? Architect Tadao Ando once said that architecture is about designing chances. A concrete wall can be a screen to catch the rare moments of changing light. What would the non-concrete wall be made of, to intensify the sensitivity to detect and react to the moments of dharma? When such a hypersensitive wall becomes part of the body and mind, a golden-scaled fish will come up to the fishing boat without being fished for.

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