Photograph by Monica Leal Cueva

Tom Wudl

Born in Bolivia, the artist Tom Wudl, whose art appears in “Reflections of the Flowerbank World,” emigrated to the United States at the age of 10, already knowing what his life’s vocation would be. After studying at the Chouinard Art Institute, he sought to further cultivate the contemplative, visionary dimension of his artistic practice by studying medieval and early Renaissance painting while traveling in Europe. Over a lengthy artistic career, Wudl has drawn inspiration from this early Christian art world as well as from his own Jewish background to expand and deepen his Buddhist practice and to produce paintings with spiritual depth.

Represented by the L.A. Louver gallery, Wudl’s work has been shown in museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sezon Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, and the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, both in New York.

Photograph by Stasia Garraway

Mary Fowles

Mary Fowles is a Canadian writer, journalist, and documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. She holds a BA in religious studies from McGill University and a graduate degree in journalism from Concordia University, both in Montreal. Her first feature film, Taxi Casablanca, was an intimate portrait of Morocco’s first female taxi driver.

In this issue, Fowles covers women’s narratives once again in “Roused from a Dream,” the creation story of the female lineage document now used in most Soto Zen temples in the West.

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