Thursday, 20 February 2014

Painting Subject and Kālachakra ......

Remember I mentioned I am in a Facebook group - Photo-a-Day ... there are some great photos that get posted each day; mind you, there are almost 14,000 members worldwide in it so you would expect some great ones.

Anyway, I have managed to get permission to use some of the photographs for paintings.  So far I have used 5 photographs and today there was another posted that was fabulous.

The ones I have used so far have turned into paintings called "The Old Lock"; which won me a 6 page spread of my artworks in a magazine, "Sabir", "Nasturtiums", "Campfire Days" and "Ju".

My latest choice is an elderly Buddhist gentleman in Leh, in the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh.  The person who took the photograph said he continued to pray, oblivious to her presence.  To me, he looks at peace and introspective.  I always love painting the elderly, so I got permission from her to use the photograph.  I have called it "Living Buddha".

The people of Leh are ethnic Tibetan who speak an East Tibetan dialect.  In July this year the Dalai Lama will preside over the Kālachakra in Leh.
Kālachakra Mandala

The Kālachakra - Wheel of Time - tantra is the most detailed and encompassing system of theory and practice within Tibetan Buddhism. It has been popularized in recent times by the 14th Dalai Lama, who publicly gives the Kālachakra initiation every year all around the world.   

Although the teaching is very advanced, esoteric, and difficult to comprehend, there is a tradition of offering it to large public audiences. 

The Kālachakra initiations empower the disciple to practice the Kālachakra tantra in the service of attaining Buddhahood.   A tantra is a style of meditation and ritual.

There are two main sets of initiations in Kālachakra, eleven in all. The first of these two sets concerns preparation for the generation stage meditations of Kālachakra. The second concerns preparation for the completion stage meditations known as the Six Yogas of Kālachakra. Attendees who don't intend to carry out the practice are often only given the lower seven initiations.
Kālachakra Statue -Wheel of Time

The Kālachakra sand Mandala is dedicated to both individual and world peace and physical balance. The Dalai Lama explains: "It is a way of planting a seed, and the seed will have karmic effect. One doesn't need to be present at the Kālachakra ceremony in order to receive its benefits."

During the first three days of the Kālachakra, from July 3 to 5, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, along with the monks of Namgyal Monastery and senior lamas, will conduct rituals which prepare and consecrate the venue.

These include chanting of prayers, creation of the sand mandala and other rituals. From July 6 to 8, His Holiness will give preliminary teachings. On July 9, the Kālachakra Ritual Dance will be performed by the monks of Namgyal Monastery. His Holiness will confer the Kālachakra Initiation from July 10 to 13. On July 14, a long life empowerment (tsewang) and a ceremony offering prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be performed.

Being a Buddhist it would be so wonderful to be able to travel and see this.   Okay, so time to buy a Lotto ticket and cross my fingers ..... lol 

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