Though I don't consider myself a Buddhist in the strict sense of the word, certain spects of Buddhism had a great impact on my life. Its iconography, especially that of Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhism also influenced me. This board contains mostly paintings inspired by Tibetean thangkas (scroll paintings) and traditional representations of Indian, Chinese, Tibetan deities.
Padmasambhava, 2009. January. A popular deity of Indo- Tibetan mythology. He offers strong protection and guidance in our lifetime, during our dreams (his mantras, meditations play an important role in dream yoga) and also in the states of Bardo (the interval between death and rebirth), where he removes the obstacles and dangers and guides the soul towards a successful rebirth.
Mahākāla is typically black in color. Just as all colors are absorbed and dissolved into black, all names and forms are said to melt into those of Mahakala, symbolizing his all-embracing, comprehensive nature. Black can also represent the total absence of color, in this case signifying the nature of Mahakala as ultimate reality. His crown of five skulls represent the transmutation of the five kleshas( negative afflictions) into the five wisdoms. 2011. May, inspired by a Tibetan painting.
Mahakala, Tibetan Ber Nag Chen , is a powerfully-protective emanation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Chenresig (Sanskr. Avalokiteswara). He defends the Dharma, guides and protects Buddhist practitioners from all kinds of inner and outer obstacles and gives them the power to overcome life’s challenges. The current work, meant to cumulate the energies of the earth trine between Jupiter (Capricorn) and Saturn (Virgo), 2008 Autumn was inspired by a Mongolian scroll painting
Mongolian shaman with a phurbu (ceremonial knife) performing a ritual for protection and chasing away armful entities. The picture is based on an original Mongolian scroll paintig. It's one o my recent work (3Mrach - 22 March) invoking protection against the challenging constellations of this spring.
Amitayus - the buddha of infinite life Amitayus is the samboghakaya form of Amitabha buddha. He is prayed for long, healthy life, richness. My painting was inspired by a tibetan thangka from the XVIII th century, exposed in Ráth György Museum of Oriental Arts, Budapest.