The Gyuto monks of Tibet dropped by outer Melbourne recently with their Summer program of activities, talks, meditations and Jab Khru healing ceremonies.
We were blessed with a beautiful sand mandala of Guhyasamaja pictured here. The mandala took around 5 days to complete and was dissolved minutes after finished. Certainly no clinging to their meticulous artwork by these monks. All attendees were given a small bag of sand to tip into a nearby waterway, beach or river to bless the creatures residing there.
The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion has been under construction in Victoria, Australia for the last 15 years. The site was blessed by the Dalai Lama of Tibet in 2007 when the initial concrete slab had been laid and the frame of the bottom level erected. We sat inside the structure in the cold June sunlight as His Holiness arrived via helicopter!
Through the generosity of donors, the Stupa is now well off the ground and reaching high into the blue Bendigo sky.
The Stupa, when completed, will be a replica of the Gyantse Kumbum Stupa in Tibet, and will be the largest Stupa of its kind in the West.
Stupas are said to have many benefits which include magnetizing enlightened energy, creating peace and harmony, promoting longevity, and subduing physical and mental illness, pestilence, and disease.
You can read more about the stupas in general and the story behind Great Stupa of Universal Compassion here.
Congratulations and well done to all those who have contributed and are contributing to this beautiful reminder of our enlightened potential. May the Stupa benefit all beings for thousands of years to come. ♥
More and more of my creative energy is focussed on doll and spirit figure making these days, so it was with delight that I recently had the opportunity to submit a doll to an exhibition organised by the Planetary Healing Artists Association of Australia Inc. at Gasworks Arts Park.
The group exhibition titled Healing the Bay, aimed to inspire concern for the health of Port Phillip Bay by raising awareness of the pressures impacting the bay, celebrate the beauty and cultural significance of the water and provide reflections on what might need to to be done to heal or preserve this environment.
The doll I created called “Healing Bay Spirit” was inspired by a tree on the foreshore of my local beach where I walk each morning. The tree is heavily bent and weathered with a enigmatic posture expressing both agony and ecstasy. I feel she is witness to the degradation of her beautiful bay, but also sees the joy it brings to so many.
Healing Bay Spirit dances prayerfully. She is both old and wise, young and playful. Her prayer is that all who inhabit our bay and environment will care enough to look deeply and listen intently, and will be inspired to give with respect and nurturance.
Have you visited the space of your heart today?
Been to the place of rest and stillness?
The temple, the garden, the sea?
Journeyed to the inner most galaxy of your being ,
returned refreshed and enlivened
and ready to share your abundance with the world?
For a moment or an eternity,
Find your heart centre
and let it take you in and in and in.