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September 24, 2005

Contemporary Zen

In Japan, Zazen means meditation. For Richard Judd, Zen leads to Divine creation. Through the curved lines of his furniture, Judd aims to exhibit the meditative process of the soul and capture the spirit of its maker -- and shares it with others.

"Reading about Zen Buddhism," says Judd, "created the desire to be a craftsman. A passage describes how your day could be an active meditation if you were properly focused on your work. I chose wood working as a profession that would allow for this attention."Richard_judd_2

So just how well does he reflect the principles of Zen Buddhism in his work? Upon visiting south central Wisconsin, the Dalai Lama slept in a cherry bed made by Judd.

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