Painting Dzambala and Vajrayogini
As a child and teenager, I use to spend hundreds of hours painting the Buddhas, mountains, caves, forests and meditators in forests… I loved painting them. I connected with them and felt their presence so strongly in my mind, I had to paint them… I use to listen to Simon & Garfunkel or the Beatles while I painted. I always thought I was born too late. I wanted to be a flower child of the 60’s, and have a cause to work towards and be spiritual like the flower children… I use to draw pictures of Buddhas of all sizes to give people to wear or keep as protection. I knew in my mind, having a Buddha was the greatest protection… no one told me, I just believed… I just knew..
Well it’s been 30 years since I painted my last picture. The last time was when I painted a picture of Buddha Vajradhara and it won the painting contest throughout Freehold Township High School in my High school days in New Jersey. There was a contest throughout the whole school and I won first place to my surprise… many in the school never saw a Buddha nevermind Vajradhara Buddha!! My large painting of Vajradhara was displayed for weeks at the front of the school office for all to see. I was happy as I knew it would bless everyone who saw Vajradhara. Everyone thought it was nice, but they kept asking me who was the Blue man or why is the Buddha blue… hehehe. Imagine a poster size painting of Vajradhara hanging in the middle of a high school with hundreds of kids and staff in middle of a small town in New Jersey??? Hehehe…
Girlie Ooi is a long time and devoted student of mine of over 10 years. She has been single-handedly taking care of her infirmed/aged mom and aunt for over 20 years. She takes care of their every need and it was very beautiful to me. Recently after serving her mother and aunt devotedly for years, the two old ladies passed away peacefully. Girlie was heartbroken. But I wanted Girlie to know she did all that she could and went beyond the call of duty, love and expectation. Thank you Girlie… I like when people care and take care of others very much. I never had the chance to care for my parents or grandparents… too bad for me….
I called Dato’ Ruby to arrange a special lunch at Kechara Oasis’ new branch (lots of private rooms) and invite close friends and relations of Girlie. I wanted to celebrate Girlie’s love, devotion and dedication towards her mother and aunt. Her sacrifice done with love… I wanted to say thank you to Girlie for being such a good daughter and niece. I felt someone had to thank her.
I racked my brains thinking what special gift I can offer her on this special occasion. I had Henry show me all the Dzambala statues in all of our Kechara Paradise outlets. Wonderful staff like Albert sent text pictures of the Dzambalas they had in the outlets which are beautiful, but I decided to paint a Dzambala instead. I am untrained as an artist and never studied for it. I just paint. My paintings are not great, but it’s from my heart.
So the evening before the special lunch I started painting… I had Joy and James helping me with cleaning brushes and mixing paints etc.. and I started around 1 am and completed the next morning around 7 am…I did a prayer to consecrate the painting and had Joy and James go and frame it in time for the lunch. They did a great framing job. It was presented to Girlie and I was told she likes it…
After the Dzambala I decided to paint some abstract Vajra Yoginis and Taras. I did around 7 pieces I think… it was late… At the corner of the painting I composed some thoughts and insights also… and had them framed. They were displayed in Kechara… I don’t know what I want to do with them yet?? Still thinking…
Starting at 1 Am….was excited to start and was glad to have something special for Girlie…
A message with each Vajra Yogini abstract as I did several at a time…..
The Special Lunch for Girlie
Ms Girlie Ooi, a long time student of mine, has spent most of the past 20+ years taking care of her sick and infirmed aunt and mother. She has sacrificed her own personal space, pursuits, her wishes, and aspirations to take care of these old ladies whom she loves dearly. Recently both the mother and the aunt had passed away comfortably and not alone because of Girlie’s hard work and dedication. I wanted to celebrate Girlie’s immense humanity and taking on her responsibility for decades so well. So I had arranged this special lunch for her with family and friends. I wanted to tell Girlie how much I appreciate what she has done. I send my prayers, my love and my deep respects to her. Tsem Rinpoche
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