08.12.2015

Zöpa


Zöpa (tib.: bzod pa) patience, tolerance, endurance, forbearance
Calligraphy, 30 x 21 cm (2015)
chinese ink on drawing paper

12.06.2015

Sixt Paramita: Wisdom


Wisdom (tib.: shes rab))
Calligraphy, 21 x 30 cm (2015)
chinese ink on prepared paper

There are three types of wisdom-awareness (shes-rab-gsum), which can be translated as “ordinary knowledge, lesser transcendent awareness, and highest wisdom-awareness.” They are that which is born of receiving instructions through hearing (thos-pa-las-byung-ba'i-shes-rab), that which is born of reflection (bsam-pa-las-byung-ba'i-shes-rab), and that which is born of meditation (bsgoms-pa-las-byung-ba'i-shes-rab).

11.06.2015

Fifth Paramita: Meditative Concentration


Meditative Concentration (tib.: bsam gtan))
Calligraphy, 21 x 30 cm (2015)
chinese ink on prepared paper

There are three ways to train in meditative concentration (bsam-gtan-bstan-pa-gsum). One’s mind first needs to be pacified and cultivated through calm-abiding practice that is integrated into daily life. By perfecting calm-abiding, one’s mind does become quite calm and passive, so it is necessary to engage in insight meditation concerning the way things are and the way things appear. It is also necessary to practice calm-abiding and insight with the right motivation, which is the wish to help others. Uniting all three aspects in practice is full meditation. Someone who hopes to be practicing Vajrayana would simply embark on a selfish trip if he or she was to practice meditation without the enlightened motivation of bodhicitta, and then there would be no benefit for anyone.

10.06.2015

Fourth Paramita: Diligence


Diligence (tib.: brtson 'grus)
Calligraphy, 21 x 30 cm (2015)
chinese ink on prepared paper

The fourth paramita, joyful endeavour, is also translated as “effort, exertion, and perseverance.” There are five kinds of joyful endeavour: (1) armour-like diligence (go-cha'i-brtson-'grus), (2) zeal of application (sbyor-ba'i-brtson-'grus), (3) relentless exertion (zhum-med-kyi-brtson-'grus), (4) the zeal of not turning back (mi–ldog-pa'i-brtson-'grus), and (5) insatiable perseverance (chog-par-mi-'dzin-pa'i-brtson-'grus). 

09.06.2015

Third Paramita: Patience


Patience (tib.: bzod pa)
Calligraphy, 21 x 30 cm (2015)
chinese ink on prepared paper

There are three ways to practice patience (bzod-pa-gsum), that I wish to discuss with you: (1) to refrain from hurting those who have caused one grief and pain, (2) to deal with any suffering one experiences without fighting it uselessly or feeling intimidated, and (3) to have confidence in the ultimate truth.

08.06.2015

Second Paramita: Discipline

Discipline (tib.: tshul khrims)
Calligraphy, 21 x 30 cm (2015)
chinese ink on prepared paper

The second paramita is tshul-khrims, “ethics, morality, moral discipline, ethical conduct, rule, order,” shila in Sanskrit. According to the Bodhisattva Vehicle, there are three categories of ethics (tshul-khrims-gsum): (1) to refrain from negative actions, (2) to accumulate what is positive, and (3) to help others.

07.06.2015

First Paramita: Generosity


Generosity (tib.: sbyin pa)
Calligraphy, 21 x 30 cm (2015)
chinese ink on prepared paper

The practice of generosity, the first paramita, is to give what is helpful and good and to give without selfishness. There are three ways to be liberal and generous (sbyin-pa-gsum): (1) giving material things, (2) giving loving protection, and (3) giving loving understanding. The teachings on the first form of generosity, zang-zing-gi-sbyin-pa, explain proper and improper charity. It is necessary to abandon improper giving and to know what is proper to give.

04.06.2015

Paramita


Six Paramitas, Tib.: parol tu chinpa druk (pha rol tu phyin pa drug)
6 calligraphies, 21x30 cm (2015)
chinese ink on prepared paper

The six paramitas or 'transcendent perfections' (Skt. ṣaṭpāramitā; Tib. ཕ་རོལ་ཏུ་ཕྱིན་པ་དྲུག་, parol tu chinpa druk; Wyl. pha rol tu phyin pa drug) comprise the training of a bodhisattva, which is bodhichitta in action.

Generosity (Skt. dāna; Tib. སྦྱིན་པ་, jinpa): to cultivate the attitude of generosity.
Discipline (Skt. śīla; Tib. ཚུལ་ཁྲིམས་, tsultrim): refraining from harm.
Patience (Skt. kṣānti; Tib. བཟོད་པ་, zöpa): the ability not to be perturbed by anything.
Diligence (Skt. vīrya; Tib. བརྩོན་འགྲུས་, tsöndrü): to find joy in what is virtuous, positive or wholesome.
Meditative concentration (Skt. dhyāna; Tib. བསམ་གཏན་, samten): not to be distracted.
Wisdom (Skt. prajñā; Tib. ཤེས་རབ་, sherab): the perfect discrimination of phenomena, all knowable things.

The first five paramitas correspond to the accumulation of merit, and the sixth to the accumulation of wisdom.

10.04.2015

Space



Space (tib. dbyings) space, expanse
Calligraphy, 20 x 20 cm (2015)
chinese ink on prepared paper

30.03.2015

Marigpa | Ignorance



Marigpa (tib. ma rig pa) ignorance, unawareness
Calligraphy, 20 x 20 cm (2015)
chinese ink on prepared paper

29.03.2015

Mitagpa | Impermanence



Mitagpa (tib. mi rtag pa) impermanence
Calligraphy, 20 x 20 cm (2015) 
chinese ink on prepared paper

28.03.2015

Ösel | Luminosity



Ösel (tib. 'od gsal) luminosity
Calligraphy, 20 x 20 cm (2015)
chinese ink on prepared paper

27.03.2015

Nyam | Meditative Flow




Nyam (tib. nyams) meditative flow
Calligraphy, 20 x 20 cm (2015) 
chinese ink on prepared paper

25.03.2015

Gyuma | Illusion



Gyuma (tib. sgyu ma) illusion, magic spell
Calligraphy, 20 x 20 cm (2015)
chinese ink on prepared paper

09.03.2015

Freedom



Rangwang (tib. rang dbang) freedom, autonomy, independence
Calligraphy, 20 x 20 cm (2015)
chinese ink on prepared paper

04.03.2015

Calm & Peaceful


Zhi (tib.) pacify, calm, still
Calligraphy, 20 x 20 cm (2015)
cadmium red acrylic marker on prepared paper
Background: painting by Julia Dechow

19.02.2015

Losar


བོད་རྒྱལ་ལོ་   ༢༡༤༢    རབ་གནས་ཤིང་ལུག


Wood Sheep Year 2142

All days are virtuous,
And all constellations positive,
The buddhas are mighty and powerful,
And the arhats have overcome impurity;
Through reciting this words of truth,
May everything always be well and positive for us!

Mipham Rinpoche




25.01.2015

Nyima | The Sun


Nyima | The Sun
background: Prayer for the Long Life of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
Calligraphy 21 x 30 cm (2015)
Indian Ink on prepared paper

04.01.2015

Düsum Sangye Guru Rinpoche


Hung
background: Supplication to Guru Rinpoche
Calligraphy 21 x 30 cm (2015)
Indian Ink on prepared paper

Tam


Tam | seed syllable (Bīja) of Tara (Dölma)
background: Supplication to Tara

Calligraphy, 21 x 30 cm (2014); 
Indian Ink on prepared paper