Why “Mountain Spirit Sanctuary”?

My studio in Easthampton is in the shadow of our beloved Mount Tom. Mount Tom is old, and charming in any season. Its columnar basalt configuration gives this weathered mountain a feeling of reaching up to heaven despite its modest height. Being short of stature myself, I feel an affinity with Mount Tom.

When it came time to name this studio it felt natural to honor the spirit of the mountain. And my desire to do this dovetailed nicely with something I learned about a long time ago when I lived in South Korea. I spent a great deal of time then exploring Buddhist temples, and became curious about the various depictions of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Every Korean temple includes a shrine to San-shin, the Mountain Spirit. San-shin is very popular, and it is interesting to note that he actually precedes Buddhism’s entry into Korea. San-shin is not a Buddhist conception, however, with the spread of Buddhism, it came to be suggested that San-shin had been a Bodhisattva all along! I appreciate this graceful impulse to the syncretic.

My Logo

In Chinese philosophy heaven is symbolized by a circle, and the earth, a square. Human beings are the conduit between these two fundamental energies. We are each the meeting place, the alchemical vessel, for the energies of heaven and earth.

What does “Jin Shin Jyutsu” mean? 

“Jin Shin Jyutsu” is Japanese, and means “the art of the creator through the person of compassion.”

decorative art

Throughout the site you’ll see a smattering of Korean patterns. Some of these are derived from ceramic roof tile designs, others are from molds used in making rice cakes, and the birds are based on incised designs found in pottery. 

Thank you for visiting my site.

—Greta Sibley

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