'The Buddha is known as the one 'thus come', Tathagata. He has no more 'meaning' than a flower, than a tree; no more than the universe; no more than either you or I. And whenever anything is experienced that way, simply in and for and as itself, without reference to any concepts, relevancies, or practical relationships, such a moment of sheer aesthetic arrest throws the viewer back for an instant upon his own existence without meaning; for he too simply is - 'thus come' - a vehicle of consciousness, like a spark flung out from a fire' - Joseph Campbell, Zen Myths To Live ByClaude Vivier’s Siddhartha, inspired by Hermann Hesse's eponymous book depicting the spiritual journey of a young man seeking enlightenment, is one of the composer's few works for orchestra. Vivier's life and music reflected Joseph Campbell's view that "the first and foremost aim of Zen... is to break our net of concepts".
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