Size: 8 x 10 x 1.5″ each (20.32 x 25.4 x 3.81 cm)
Acrylic on gallery-style wood panel. Painted sides, no need to frame!
This is a set of four 8×10 paintings with a cooling, calming effect as one considers the teachings of the Buddha and the nature of reality.
This set of matching paintings is called Sotapanna, is the Pali word for the first of the four stages of enlightenment, stream-entry. It literally means “one who enters (āpadyate) the stream (sotas),” with the stream being the supermundane Noble Eightfold Path regarded as the highest Dharma. (Wikipedia)
Each painting has lots of touchable texture and the main figure is carved into the piece. On either side of each figure is an unalome symbol – a visual image of reaching enlightenment. The spiraling twists and turns represents our struggle with life, while the straight line pointing upwards, represents the straight path to Enlightenment. Unalome are the “crowns” of the arahants, the enlightened noble ones.
- The Buddha himself. The first of the Three Jewels of refuge (Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha). Having faith in this human being who reached enlightenment energizes us, so that we too can know that liberation from suffering is possible.
- Buddha’s hand in the Vitarka Mudra. This is a very popular image, which is the hand gesture that transmits Buddha’s teachings.
- The bodhi leaf. The Buddha became enlightened while sitting beneath a bodhi tree and this is a symbol reminding us of that event.
- A lotus represents the journey to enlightenment. It grows in mud at the bottom of the pond, representing ignorance, greed, hatred and delusion. The lotus grows upward and breaks through the surface of the water, then the petals open, each layer more delicate as the petals expand.
As a set, these paintings bring a sense of unity and is a beautiful focal point when contemplating and calming the mind.
When you buy these together, you will save $25.