Ven. Pomnyun's Answer to "Can I Stay Attached to Emotions as an Artist?”
Selection from a Dharma Q&A session at Jogyesa Temple, Seoul (June 14, 2019)
Questioner : I’m an artist. I’m working as a professional ballet dancer in Korea. I have a question related with art and creation. So I personally need to often detach from my emotions and feelings. So I need to do this quite often. I don’t know, just my emotions can get too wild somehow. And I feel that I have the need to sort of process like detaching of my own feelings in a way. But I feel when I do that, there is something very strong about it like I can feel it not only inside of me, but they are around me too. But at the same time, as an artist, as a ballet dancer I feel that, also as a creator, I feel like if there is no attachment to feelings, I feel there is no real creation. I feel that if I don’t really attach to emotions, to any emotion, there is no really something I can create inside of me. I would just make something which it could be like beauty, but you know, that depth, it comes from attachment to my emotions and feelings. So I would like to ask you if there is a way to do not detach these, so then I can avoid suffering in a very hellable but at the same time to be able to bring creation. Thank you.
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