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The Center for Interfaith Relations is proud to host an exhibit of Ralph Eugene Meatyard’s “Zen” Photographic Essay.  The photographs will be on display at the Center for Interfaith Relations July 12-28 and open to the public Monday-Friday 11am-1pm.

This photographic essay, created by Meatyard between 1958 and 1965, is unique to Meatyard’s entire history as a photographer as they include a quotation from Meister Eckhart, a German theologian, philosopher and mystic (1260-1328).  It is also his only body of work with an overtly religious title.  Meatyard’s son gave the title of these images because the twigs made him think of Zen calligraphy strokes.

We invite you to visit the gallery, take your time and immerse yourself in these soulful and contemplative images.

Ralph Meatyard & Thomas Merton
In January 1967, Ralph Meatyard met Thomas Merton. They became friends sharing common interests
in Zen and photography. Although their friendship was short (Merton died in 1968) they connected with visits, some at Gethsemani, where they shared work and ideas. Meatyard photographed Merton and provided images for Monk’s Pond.

About Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart (1260-1329) was a Dominican priest and theologian whose works influenced many contemporary spiritual writers. He asserted that God and human beings are intimately bonded and the only obstacles to our divine understanding are our consciousness and our acceptance of a dualistic world view.


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