This project revolves around an ancient parable said to be originally told by the Buddha himself. In this design each tablet has the entire parable written on it (except for the last line) with a featured section written line that is embellished and a closed eye. This type treatment is meant to indicate the unenlightened mind full of thoughts of the past and future. The last tablet has only the last line and two open eyes, meant to indicate the enlightened state the character achieves.
Here is the Parable:
Buddha told a parable in a sutra:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!