Saturday, December 6, 2014

speed of thought

Enlightenment and thought are two words that instantly connect us with Buddha. Thangkas are an interesting traditional art form depicting Buddha. A thangka is a painting done on cotton or silk appliqué and it normally has Buddha as its primary subject. The thangka consists of a picture panel which is painted or embroidered over which a textile. This is then mounted and is usually in silk. Thangkas are meant to last a very long time and retain much of their lustre. They are very delicate so they have to be kept in dry places where moisture will not affect the quality of the silk. They are also in the form of scrolls.
The purpose of these paintings was to be teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha. One of the subjects is The Wheel of Life. Within which the visual representation of the Abhidharma teachings (Art of Enlightenment) are shown.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find anything that agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
Siddhartha Gautama
(The Buddha)
563-483 B.C.


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