The Wise Man’s Garden
with Reiner Weise
In film and mythology, we always encounter the sage in the form of an older person. Whether it’s Yoda, Morpheus from The Matrix, or Mr. Miyagi from Karate Kid, they all rely on their life experience to support the hero.
However, age does not necessarily separate insanity from wisdom.
If one consults the Indian Bhagavad Gita- a tale of wisdom in the midst of chaos, our unconscious thoughts stand between a life of wisdom:
“When the mind constantly runs, it drives away wisdom, like the wind.”
The great Chinese Tao Te Ching also sees wisdom as a connection to our ability to be in the present moment:
“The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
she is present, and welcomes all things.”
In this sense, it was obvious to photograph Reiner Weise, who not only carries wisdom in his name (German: Weise = Wise in English), but also an openness to life, humility and great compassion, in his garden Eden.