Rev. Adam P. Barton Art
Hotto Kokushi (b. 1203) was a highly revered Buddhist monk that taught in small monasteries in 13th century Japan. There are four such statues of Hotto of which one proudly sits in the basement of the Cleveland Art Museum. The other three rightly reside in Hotto's native Japan. Seeing this figure up close in person is a stark, yet peaceful reminder of the mystery of living and dying. The figure is wise, full of understanding, yet does not dare preach. His face beckons you to return the same calm, controlled submission to life itself. Void of surface emotion and filled with quiet dignity, this piece instantly connects us to those that, a thousand years ago, walked the same earth under the same stars before their Creator.
Pastor Adam Barton