Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Though I'd hoped to get some work done on the Stupas today it didn't quite work out. Alas. What did happen is a group of us gathered to work on organzing the shed...no photos (too much happening---camerawoman too distracted). We managed to fill the bed of the Stupa truck with junk pulled from a shelf system, but that was only a dent in the project.
That said, I decided to begin sharing some images with you from a book the Stupa team received as a gift from Khenpo Norgye after attending a statue filling workshop with him in New York. He ordered books for both Sedona and Maryland. These are from Bhutan, this was the text used to construct the Stupa in Sedona! Of course, it is all in Tibetan (some English, but almost all directions are in Tibetan). The images, however, are outstanding. Here you see a Buddha with a shok shing, or life tree in his center. This is something put in statues, one of the many things. It may be hard to make out, but there are seed syllables (Tibetan again) at specific locations on the tree, crown, head, throat, heart, navel. I'll continue to share some of the images from this book with you on days when I don't have any photos to share. They give you a glimpse of the process involved in preparing either a statue or Stupa for consecration.
Of course, you don't need to know any of this to enjoy the Stupas! They're here for all beings, human and non, without exception! So please do come out and see them for yourself!