Karen Hausdoerffer wrote:
In this way, I wonder if bonsai is closer to acting than to writing. In bonsai, wouldn't your partner be the tree itself?
I think bonsai is closer to photography, because the artist work with something which must be already provided by nature and time. I consider the self expression degree in bonsai as much lesser than in writing, music or acting. Some bonsai artist work to reveal the beauty of the tree, not how beautiful his or her design is. Therefore I consider bonsai as much more related to the "No Mind" or "No Self" concepts of Zen philosophy.