Illuminated Iconographic Tibetan Calligraphy

Title:
Like a Shadow

Acrylic on tea stained watercolour paper, 76 x 57 cm, 2009

The first two verses are from The Dhammapada Illuminated in the Tsugring calligraphy style:

‘We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. If the mind is clear, what ever we do or say the mind will bring happiness that will follow you like your shadow. We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. If the mind is polluted, what ever we do or say leads to suffering which will follow you as a cart trails a horse.’

The small text in red reads ‘spoken at Sravasti concerning the monk Caksuspala’.

The Tibetan robed monk holds the heading character of the first verse. The second verse ends tumbling off the back of a cart pulled by the fleeing horse.

This calligraphy is also available as a print.

Like a Shadow - Tibetan Calligraphy