Tuesday, October 16, 2007

No results yet but..

You probably weren't wondering how a silk painting gets done but I've had this one underway for the last couple of weeks and it will be a few weeks more before I know whether or not it was worth the time. The original inspiration was Tibetan thankas but there's no way I'm the least bit qualified to try painting a real version since the symbolism of every line and color is ruled by ancient tradition. I may not know much about it but I do respect the theory. So instead, I decided to try a tribute to the form.

We have little old lady (drawn from an old photo taken of one of my English aunts on a visit to the London Zoo in 1947) and a little dog holding a traditional Tibetan parasol. The words in blue are the Tibetan script of the great compassion prayer - Om Mane Padme Om and the working title of the piece is 'Going Om'. Okay, it's a bit corny but it's my painting so I can do what I like and I rather like the idea that Tibetan Buddhism is getting incorporated in the western world. I also like the thought that any of us can become realized - not necessarily enlightened but open to those indescribable moments of grace.

May all sentient beings know happiness and the root of happiness; may they be free from suffering and the root of suffering; may they not be separated from the great happiness devoid of suffering; may they dwell in the great equanimity, free from passion, aggression and prejudice.

The four Paramitas are a good meditation while painting or otherwise engaged. What an amazingly different world this would be if everyone understood we keep on coming back til we get it right.


  1. Beautiful Susan...and what fun. Good explanation as well.

    A certain Zoey is pretty thrilled with what came in the mail this week. Thanks so much - you'll hear from her too I'm sure.

  2. I like the religion of Buddhism, which really draws me....lovely reading your description & the pic is also very nice!

  3. Excellent. Love seeing how this is done and I agree w/Gary that the explanation was great. I like your thinking.

  4. I understand the nature of suffering. I got that one right this time.

  5. oooh Sera,
    Suffering is indeed part of our conditional human existence but it's what helps trim the rough edges of egocentricity. Without it there would be no hope of escape.
    From what I've been able to interpret it seems that the last paramita is the one to work on as bringing the most benefit for yourself and others.. the part about equanimity.