In the Buddhist tradition there is a practice called a Counting Retreat where a practitioner recites 100,000 of the same mantra for the purpose of attaining profound closeness with its meaning. In this project I am engaging in a Counting Retreat with the compassion mantra and recording the act of reciting it with a red mark.  While conjuring these compassionate words I am making similar but inevitably unique marks. This ongoing drawing practice is an antidotal response to times in the world when living beings are stripped of their inherent value by being turned into anonymous things.