My encounter with the Buddhist culture goes on

Living at the Center for Living Buddhist Art for over 5 weeks, I am getting more acquainted with the Buddhist way of life around here. I have participated teachings of the Dalai Lama, visited monestaries and temples, reading books and articles about different deities and buddhism, introduced to interesting people around the center, taking time to relax and listen to mantra songs, meditate, practise yoga and eating good Tibetan and local Indian food. Next to this lovely program I have been drawing 12 different drawings of deities and currently working on the 13th.

Dharmapala Mahakala face. Protector of the dharma and buddhism.
Dharmapala Vajrapani. Protector and guide of the buddha and buddhism.
Transforming the energy of negative emotion into active wisdom and magical perfection.
Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara with 11 heads. These 11 faces symbolize the complete realization and accomplishment of the 10 stages on the Bodhisattva’s path to enlightenment.
Working on the drawing of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara with 1000 arms, 960 arms more to go!

Studens have been coming and going but mostly I have been living with 5 other people at the center. Every time someone leaves or new students arrive the group energy changes. It is interesting how the mind deals with change and new settings in our space of living and working. A perfect way to apply the buddhist thoughts of compession and look inside to learn more about yourself.

The conversations and teachings of Sarika Singh and master Locho have been eye opening for me. They have shown me their devotion for Buddhist art and especially Thangka painting. I know and feel now that working with the deties is a miraculous process for body, mind and soul. Drawing and painting these deities helps the artist to seek and look within aswell as the observer.

This is said about Thangka painting in the teachings of Sarika Singh and master Locho;
The iconography of the Thangka is rich in information about the spiritual practice of Buddhists. A Thangka can assist a meditator to learn and embody the qualities of a particular deity or to visualize his or her path towards enlightenment. It can bring blessings on the household that posesses a Thangka and serves as a constant reminder of Buddha’s teachings of compassion, kindness and wisdom.

I want to show you some pictures of the surroundings, people I have met, good food and things I have been inspired by in the last  1, 5 week.

The healing garden @ Center for Living Buddhist Art. Peacefull place to relax and enjoy.
Magical coloured sky at sundown.
Happy students in the artstudio; Mary, Master Locho, Sandra, Calua, Holly, Lobsang and Xiaoying.
Good food and getting to know new, interesting people from all over the world @ Artcenter ( Sandra leenhouwers, Sarika Singh, Master Locho, Professor Alan Gilbert from Denver University, Holly Stone, student Aron of Denver University).
Inside the Gyuto Tantra Monastery temple, also called Karmapa temple. Karmapa means the embodiment of all the activities of the buddhas. The current karmapa is the 17th incarnation of a buddha master.
Offerings inside the Karmapa temple.
Sugar offerings inside the Karmapa temple.
Enjoying my local Indian lunch.
Yogapose @ the entrence of Norbulingka institute.
Norbulingka is an institute dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan art and culture. Here they give teachings in Thangka painting, woodcraft, working with metal and textiles. This institute is a community for people who want to dedicate to the traditional creating of buddhist art.
Shrine at Norbulingka institute.
Photo detail of the shrine.
Embroidery of Medicine buddha @ Norbulingka institute.
Preperation and stitching of the arm and foot of the Medicine buddha.
Cutting and ironing the pieces of fabric for the Medicine buddha.
Entrence of the temple at Norbulingka institute.
Statue of Sakyamuni buddha and picture of Dalai Lama inside Norbulingka temple.
Wallpainting inside Norbulingka temple.
On our way up to Bhagsu waterfall.
View at the waterfall looking down to Bhagsu village.
The waterfall wasn’t so spectacular but the views even more so.
Goats leading the way back to Bhagsu village.
Lord Ganesha @ temple in Bhagsu village.


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