Pema Tshering

Enlightenment

Conversation with the Buddha Series..
Part of the Wishful Refraction solo exhibition (collection at Tansbao Gallery,Taiwan.)

Title: Enlightenment

The eternal knot has many interpretations such as the eternal wisdom and compassion of the Buddha, and it can also symbolize the endless cycle of life and eternal cycle of karma.

As the monk paints over part of the eternal knot, it doesn’t seem eternal anymore. Is the only way to break the cycle of life and death by breaking 
the eternal knot?

Limit

Conversation with the Buddha Series..
Part of the Wishful Refraction solo exhibition (collection at Tansbao Gallery,Taiwan.)#tansbaobhutanartgallery

Title: Limit
The Khorlo/Wheel or the Dharma chakra represents the wheel of dharma teaching of the Buddha.
As the monk put a speed limit over the wheel of dharma, one tends to ask the question does it have a limit, why is there a limit to how much dharma can be understood and taught, what is the speed limit?

Too much Wisdom

Conversation with the Buddha Series..
Part of the Wishful Refraction solo exhibition (collection at Tansbao Gallery,Taiwan.)#tansbaobhutanartgallery

Title: Too much Wisdom

The treasure vase represents the wisdom, wealth, prosperity and ever flowing teaching of the Buddha and the dharma.

The monk tries to spill over the bumpa or the treasure vase as to gain wisdom from it. But is there no other way than to spill over the vase of wisdom to gain what’s in it?

Sound of Purity

Conversation with the Buddha Series..
Part of the Wishful Refraction solo exhibition (collection at Tansbao Gallery,Taiwan.)#tansbaogallery

Title: Sound of Purity

The white conch represent the words coming out from the white teeth of the Buddha like the never fading conch that gives the sound of dharma that wakes every sentient being from the world of ignorance and ego onto the path of enlightenment.

The monk wears head phones over his head infront of the white conch. One tends to question the sound of purity. Is he listening to the words of 
the dharma or is he being distracted by the time and technology or how times have changed and Buddhism as well.

Faith

Conversation with the Buddha Series..
Part of the Wishful Refraction solo exhibition (collection at Tansbao Gallery,Taiwan.)#tansbaogallery

Title: Faith
The Golden fish represents the eyes of the Buddha. Fish are meant to have the clarity that can see through even the muddiest of water and have the clarity to see the depth and the width of the sea of suffering and samsara.

As this monk puts on his eye fold and rides on the golden fish into the sea of samsara, we can question- do we have such blind faith? Do we depend too much on the Buddha and his sight, do we want to have only faith, or are we already dependent or are we happy to be riding the golden fish.

Protector of Joy

Conversation with the Buddha Series..
Part of the Wishful Refraction solo exhibition (collection at Tansbao Gallery,Taiwan.)#tansbaogallery

Title: Protector of Joy

The parasol or the umbrella represent the head of the Buddha, and protection from all harmful forces. It is said that in the world of suffering there is always rains of ignorance, ego and anger, which prevent us from attaining enlightenment. Without the parasol one will not have the protection from 
the rain of suffering.

As the monk plays while holding the parasol one may become complacent with the joy of having a parasol and the many benefits behind it.

No Entry

Conversation with the Buddha Series..
Part of the Wishful Refraction solo exhibition (collection at Tansbao Gallery,Taiwan.)#tansbaogallery

Title: No Entry

The victory banner represents the body of the Buddha, representing Buddha’s victory over pride, desire, emotion and the fear of death.

As the monk holds a no entry sign to the victory banner, one tends to question why? Is it just impossible or is it that one cannot think of becoming victorious. Or why does it seem like someone doesn’t want you to be victorious? Or who can seek to be victorious?

Borrowed Beauty

Conversation with the Buddha Series..
Part of the Wishful Refraction solo exhibition (collection at Tansbao Gallery,Taiwan.)#tansbaogallery

Title: Borrowed Beauty

The lotus flower represents the purity of body, speech and mind of the Buddha. It is said that lotus has it’s roots in the mud in the pond but still blooms to become the most beautiful flower.

But as the monk tries to uproot this flower, one can question if the only way to spread the beauty is by uprooting it? Is it the only way we will ever understand the depth of the beauty?

BARDO TRANSIT

Title “BARDO TRANSIT”

The stage is set for reincarnation..

Acrylic on canvas
3ftx4ft

hut

water color




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