D E B R A   J A N   B I B E L



Why  Studio “Lone Mountain”?


Lone Mountain is Bibel's self-dubbed Zen Buddhist/poetic name.  As derived from the practice of ancient Chinese monasteries, later carried on in Japan and Korea and now the West, ordained and lay students are given such dharma names by their teachers, which reflect the teachings, the person, or typically the locale, such as Original Nature, Wide Gate, Mystic Peak, Empty Mind, and Nature Scent (the latter given to a woman Zen master).  Since many temples are situated in mountains, these spiritually powerful features can be included as part of, if not the entire, name.  The name Han-Shan, the famous Chinese nature poet, means Cold Mountain, the name of his haunt.  Bibel's Zen teacher, Seung Sahn, means, in Korean, High Mountain, a particularly apt name. 


While a practicing Zennist who had immersed herself in training within the Kwan Um School of Zen (1982–1995), Bibel has, nevertheless, remained only an associate member and, although eligible, declined to take precept rites; hence, she did not receive a formal dharma name.  [She much appreciates the teaching role of organized religion and its preservation of lore and techniques, but as a scientist-observer, she did not want to engage in the symbolic act of accepting its full dogma.]  Instead, in the tradition of the author or poet with a nom de plume, e.g., Basho [Banana Tree], she chose her own Buddhist, or spiritual, name. 


The name Lone Mountain captures Bibel’s strong independent and self-reliant spirit, her scientific (and Zen) training in doubt, and her mature life living alone. 


Bibel's more recent calligraphies are stamped using a chop cut with the seal script of Chinese characters for Lone Mountain.


*     *     *


Lone Mountain [Kodok Sahn in Korean, Dokuzan in Japanese, and Tu Shan in Chinese]






Return to Home Page