Saturday, June 09, 2007


Its popular form is in scroll so travelling monks can
conveniently bring it with them.
Nepali thangkas or tangkas are devotional images that act as the centerpiece during a ritual or ceremony and are often used as mediums through which one can offer prayers or make requests. They are religious arts used as a meditation tool to help bring one further down the path to enlightenment. -From Wikipedia

Painted Thangkas are done on cotton canvas or silk with 
water soluble pigments. Canvas is tempered with a herb and
 glue solution

Banny in the company of mischievous young Monks

Orvin doing an Om Mani Padme Hum. Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer), Om Mani Padme Hum, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. Viewing the written form of the mantra is said to have the same effect -- it is often carved into stones.

Prayers directed to the heaven get immediate results. ORANGE is the colour of harmony, self-worth and Renunciation/Divinity (the robes of Buddhist monks) representing dedication and devotion to a higher ideal. As we look beyond the material level, we start questioning and aspiring to higher levels than the material & physical plains and this calls us to trust, accept and bond. ORANGE too helps the blow of oxygen to the brain. ORANGE is the colour of mindfulness, determination, patience and perseverance, and the use of this colour can bring about and encourage deep insights. Orange increases oxygen flow through the blood and brain which helps with clarity on a mental level.

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