Tibetan Mandalas

Just wanted to share this book on Tibetan Mandalas by Tatjana Blau that Sifu bought for me. This book is a great start for my parchment art….and a great way to focus on painting mindfully. I really want my artwork to have the right energy and intent behind it, so that it can really make a difference in the viewer’s perception and emotion. What better way to do that, than to paint mandalas.

‘Persist’ by Peter Clothier.

‘Persist’ by Peter Clothier is a book by a Buddhist practitioner that I’ve just discovered from browsing for literature related to my current endeavor to start dharmarama.com as a place to exhibit, share and sell my art and the art of others. Check out the review from a fellow blogger.

I haven’t read it, but I will, and I’ll let you know what I think about it once I’ve finished it. Just bought it at $15.00 plus $4.95 p&p, from it’s publisher Parami Press, ‘Books from a Buddhist Point of View’.

Art for the dojo

First on my list of art projects, are 3 large ink paintings I’m creating for the dojo tea room. All the students get together once a year and clean/decorate the dojo. This year, as resident designer,  I was put in charge of designing the interior for the tea room. 2 students are very successful building contractors, so they were put in charge of rebuilding. We lifted the old tile from the tea room floor and are replacing it with wood. We painted the walls yellow and the doors dark red, to match the tea table we have in there, courtesy of 2 other students. We also revamped the bathroom, painting everything with the same red to match. The builders also removed the treatment room ceiling and are replacing it with new storage space with recessed lighting. It’s going to look great when it’s finished.

But I digress. I’ve been researching what to paint on the 3 parchments I’ve prepared. I’m leaning towards fancy goldfish. I had wanted to do something a little more meditative, but I think the goldfish will give a more relaxed experience, since it’s a tea room, not a mediation room. We visited the Hsi Lai Temple to get inspiration for the paintings. They have a whole gallery of beautiful chinese ink paintings and sculptures of budhas there. I really enjoy visiting. Check it out sometime if you’re ever in Southern California. It’s a marvel. It feels like you’re in China when you’re there.

I’ll post images of my artwork when it’s complete. I may also use these 3 parchments as warm ups for art I’ll create for my new dharmarama site 🙂

Chinese herbs and acupuncture

This week I bought a clay pot to cook my Chinese herbs in, as recommended by Sifu. The herbs tasted disgusting, but I think they calmed my stomach down somewhat. Grace, my acunpuncturist also gave me some herbs in pill form that she said would compliment the herbs Sifu gave me. The problem is remembering when to take them all, since they can’t be taken all at the same time.

For my birthday, which is next week, some of my friends came with me and my sister to Sifu’s aunty’s acupuncture clinic and we got acupuncture facials. It was a really good facial!….and yes, with needles. Apparently, she treats actors with acupuncture to reduce the signs of aging so they can play parts that are younger than their years. She charges a lot too. But we got family discounts since it was my birthday treat.

I’ve decided to start a website called dharmarama.com to show and sell art, collectibles and clothes related to Buddhism, Taoism, meditation, Tai Chi and any other related spiritual item that I feel would be of interest to anyone that visits the site. So far, I’ve just registered the name, so I have loads to do. I think it will be a great place to show my fine art, since recently Chinese philosophy and Buddhism have been the major source of my inspiration.

Stay tuned for more on this subject! 🙂