Having finished two different thankas of Palden Lhamo over the last five years, having moved from New Mexico to Arizona to Oregon and recently having helped my mother-in-law through a difficult death, I found myself reading the Lotus Sutra. Remembering my good fortune of making pilgrimage with Tara Tulku Kensur Rinpoche to that very Vulture Peak where Lord Shakyamuni Buddha preached the Lotus Sutra, I was inspired to paint the event.

I have chosen to take as my model an 18th century thanka in the collection of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation [item number 75]. I have reproduced a photo from their web site at right.

The source of this image is
http://www.himalayanart.org/image.cfm?icode
=75&CFID=12579179&CFTOKEN=13835056

.....-- Kayla

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