Illuminated Iconographic Tibetan Calligraphy

Pure Perception

Gold leaf, coloured mineral pigments and black sumi ink on 60x42 cm mount board. 2019.

The Six syllable Mantra oṃ ma ṇi pad me hūṃ - illustrated in their respective colours on disks of gold leaf. Below which is accompanied with a prayer - integrating everything into the spiritual path:

Each and every being in this universe is Avalokiteshvara, the embodiment of compassion,
Every sound heard hums the melody of the six sacred syllables,
This very place is truly the Pure Land of Great Bliss,
Devoid of any actual reality, like a magic show, like a dream.
It is as though we had already been reborn there.
- As we cultivate “pure perception” with great joy, all veils are cleared.

The meaning of each of the six syllables:

The syllable oṃ - white in colour - purifies Pride
The syllable ma - green in colour - purifies Jealousy
The syllable ṇi - yellow in colour - purifies Desire
The syllable peh - light blue in colour - purifies Stupidity
The syllable me - red in colour - purifies Poverty
The syllable hūṃ - blue/black in colour - purifies Hatred

Especially created for a current exhibition at Amankora, Thimphu, Bhutan.

Pure Perception - Tibetan Calligraphy