The inspiring life story of pioneering feminist artist, activist, and Buddhist teacher Mayumi Oda told through her own words and original thangka paintings.
Sitting in meditation in front of a statue of Goddess Sarasvati, Mayumi Oda heard her say in a loud voice, "Stop the plutonium shipment!" After taking a stunned breath, Mayumi replied, "I can't do that. I'm only an artist," and Sarasvati answered, "Help will be provided." This book is the culmination of a life devoted to responding to Sarasvati's call to cultivate a path of peace, justice, and compassion.
Known as the "Matisse of Japan," Mayumi Oda is a painter, environmental activist, and Buddhist practitioner whose life reflects both the brilliance and shadows of modernity. Sarasvati's Gift explores her upbringing in Japan, her tumultuous marriage and the death of her son, her immigration to the country responsible for the destruction of her home, her inspiration for both her Buddhist practice and her art, and ultimately her commitment to the planet that gives her life both hope and meaning. This raw, heartfelt, and powerful memoir shares Mayumi's story of finding her place and her mission to transform the world.
This book is a must-have resource for Mayumi Oda collectors. A catalog raisonne of Mayumi Oda's serigraphs, spanning a period of 45 years from 1968 through 2011. Published in conjunction with the exhibition at the Robyn Buntin of Honolulu gallery of fine art. Includes a personal retrospective commentary from Mayumi written in 1985 and updated in 2011. Mayumi shares her thoughts behind works of individual series including the Ocean, Goddess, Garden, Diptych series, and many more.
Published by Robyn Buntin of Honolulu, May 2012. Dimensions: 11" x 8.5", 108 pages, softcover, full color throughout.
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Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty
Anne Herbert, Margaret Paloma Pavel & Mayumi Oda
In 1982 Anne Herbert wrote "Practice Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty." This beautiful precept began to appear everywhere–on garden gates, on bumper stickers and posters and in books.
Today, she has joined with Margaret Pavel to expand her statement into a powerful message for our times, and for all ages.
Mayumi Oda's art merges with the text as if they were created together. For Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty, she derives her style from picture scrolls entitled Chojugiga: Frolicking Animals, said to have been drawn during the 12th century Heian Period in Japan.
Published by Volcano Press, 1993. Dimensions: 7-3/4" x 6-3/4", 22 pages, softcover, full color throughout.
Mayumi Oda & The San Francisco Zen Center
Mayumi Oda’s internationally-recognized artwork plays with traditional Japanese and Buddhist images, refiguring them as celebrations of the feminine and the natural world. Where most traditional Buddhist iconography features male figures, Oda introduces female “Goddesses” that seem to jump off the page, imbued with the vibrancy of Oda’s color and line.
Originally from Japan, Oda settled in Muir Beach, California in the 1970s and began practicing and painting at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, which Oda calls her “California Buddha Field.” Divine Gardens pairs Oda’s artwork with essays by her fellow practitioners, for whom Oda’s artwork has been a constant companion.
Suitable for study by art students or for display on a coffee table, Divine Gardens captures the essence of Mayumi Oda’s art and life as a Zen practitioner. The forty-five full-color works of art and twenty-four essays contained in the collection are a joyful celebration of her work and the community forged through the years at the San Francisco Zen Center.
Published by Parallax Press, November 2017. Dimensions: 9" x 12", 112 pages, hardcover, full color throughout.
This book is for anyone who loves to garden and wants to invite a child to join in a delicious celebration of the fullness of life.
Crisp cabbages, crunchy carrots, radiant radishes…. Vibrant illustrations of vegetables in the garden by legendary Japanese artist Mayumi Oda will inspire children to see the garden as a life-giving place where they can touch the Earth and see how Nature loves and feeds them. Starting with green and purple asparagus in the Spring, the book moves joyfully through the seasons, showing how hot and cold weather, sunshine and rain all combine to bring about a happy harvest.
Published by Plum Blossom, November 2018. Dimensions: 6" x 8-1/2", 40 pages, hardcover, full color throughout.