Illuminated Iconographic Tibetan Calligraphy

The Four Immeasurable States

Chinese ink and Japanese mineral paint on Bhutanese tsasho paper, 57 x 84 cm, 2012

Seated on individual lotus flowers and depicted in a blue Drutsa script style are the four essential states: Love, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity. Below these four lotus flowers are foot notes in a rare round tailed Drutsa script from 14th century Tibet, that translate as:

‘According to the Mahayana by meditation that focuses on measureless beings there are four states of mind that set in motion measureless punya (auspicious or positive effects or states), namely: measureless love, measureless compassion, measureless joy and measureless equanimity.’

Translation by Lama Shepen Hookham at the request of Tashi Mannox June 2011.

This art piece was created for the Contemporary Calligraphy Museum 2012 Biennial exhibition in Moscow, and is also available in limited edition prints.

The Four Immeasurable States - Tibetan Calligraphy