I hope so, there were always plans to paint things, but when you pay astronomical rent, run a restaurant or have to merchandise 2,000 Lbs of cheese, all invariably 6, not five days a week, all these painting plans have no chance to take hold, none at all. Finally father in law after looking at many of my older canvases had a eureka moment: “you are classically trained artist”. I was like: “you can say that, in some past life, – I had not painted for about 18 years”. He could not resist and asked for a portrait. So, here it came to pass, I am painting again, not as “seriously” but obviously just as seriously.
This is some of the best of everything. Legendary NYC art supply dealer of 20 years ago David Davis stretchers, -mine have Mercer Street address, it is from the time when they had a store in the basement of “Guggenheim Soho”, then canvas from fabric wholesaler (that does not exist for many a year) on Lower Broadway, and a finished painting that was started 18 years ago, all feels very, very special.
I love, love idea of this term “man-cave”. If you twist it around enough and away from popular American culture, you arrive at most surprising things, as in somewhere there is “Vajrayogini Cave”, or a cave in which Milarepa meditated, or whole Maratica Cave where Guru Rinpoche the Padmasambhava meditated on Amitayus, demonstrating accomplishment of that practice.
Alas “man-cave” is usually in the basement of the house where one lives. ut ability to bring an occupation of life-long interest into that with healthy degree of solitude, that is just breathtaking.
Somewhere along the lines of the effort to make more room, while still in NYC I lost my easel. But then again, my best paintings were somehow painted on the floor.
We love, treasure our efforts and results of our labors. With complete appreciation of all that, here in is a chance to throw away some of these perfect results.
It can be same as throwing paper printed with green images into a fire, up into the sky to have the wind pick it up and carry away, scattered. Or a wave of water carry it off into wast expanse of an ocean. And in same time not the same. As our mind dictates our personal phenomena and so we can regret the money to be wasted or view it all as offering mandala transforming into pure vision of spiritual practice.
What donations are used is much like that, light, fire, smoke offerings. Blessings going up in smoke, to be carried off by the wind and swept away by the rain.
There is persistent purpose and beauty to it all. So, if you are unable for one reason or the other leave your work, sit down on a bench to bask in the sunlight, might as well sponsor any of these activities that without doubt always have focused and sustained the elusive, indescribable positivity in this world.
2018 Summer retreat will present me with opportunities to engage in some of the study, contemplation, prayer and meditation, praising and offering and dedicating, all in a well known location. Palyul Retreat Center, upstate NY, for a month starting around July 10 and winding down around August 10. My attendance is in no way contingent on donations received. But all donations received will be offered to the various activities during the retreat.
gofundme link for this year: https://www.gofundme.com/summer2018retreat
-With dedication of all past, current and future merit of all beings towards clarity and wisdom inseparable within all of us.
I really miss Pearl Paint art supply store. Throughout 1990ties shopping there for oil paints, brushes and sometimes print paper as well as anything else from woodcutting chisles to gold leaf. That was really the store that had all sorts of art materials all at good prices, I will never forget that they had sale on some Old Holland oils 3 for $10, more then once. I still have some.
Here is one of my personal favorites. This was painted as a result of a purchase of a perfect stiff bristle brush (I usually use soft sable), I was so inspired to work with it that I finished this “Flying sax player” working through the night some time in winter of 1993. Missing Pearl Paint a lot, best location, best prices and best selection of art materials that I ever saw. #sherabpainting #paintings_of_sounds #nyc_paintings #jazz #music
As I am contemplating on painting and possibly making more, here is a page on this site to start an instagram tag #sherabpainting and from time to time, I can be expected to have a random picture shared through the instagram. Here is a one for good luck, to all of us. Dragonfly butterfly,
There is a letter that some people, more and more are sharing and Lion’s Roar has published. I was not about to share and commented on some one’s share only. Now still more people are sharing it.
I will organize my comments and post them in this message. If you disagree with this, my social media comments to a point where it causes negativity to raise. Please feel free to unfollow, unfrend or most effective, to block.
1st comment about what it is, or what I, in my narrow view see it as:
An effort by western Buddhists to enforce christian values onto their own teachers of, Buddhism. On the same page mass teachings of Vajrayana in the West are like that: no one gets it. And then again if you establish a throne here (not in old Tibet) they will challenge you. The whole game of thrones and how tantalizing it it to so many people. Wish I had patience to get through ONE season, but all these machinations feel so useless. Moral of the story: you live like a king, expect to be challenged for the throne by self righteous ignorant masses armed with pitchforks.
Then some one who is much older and is a respected person came in and said: Is such and such part of the self righteous ignorannt masses?
My 2nd comment:
My personal and doubtlessly very ignorant comment is non person specific. It is very much geared towards this “in the open” face palm discussion. It also has to be considered as a whole post. I personally while believing that certain types of conduct are not to be openly displayed will never agree that they do not exist and are only good when sanctioned. This whole discussion about what is good and what is not according to others seems very pointless.
To finalize more:
In a nutshell so many people seem to get so deeply emotional about practice or conduct of others and not them selves. If they were so deeply emotional about giving rise to the mind of awakening taking these “others” as the path rather then this is good, this is bad, this is good and so on, who knows?
Then same person comes in and just puts the name in:
in a way: “But him?”
To that I answer:
“But him?” -substituting the name for the name of the Lama in person.
Because it is all, always to a point is subjective and depends on one’s point of view?
More comments from myself:
Five poisons / five wisdoms do manifest in this dream like reality. To deny this while attempting to study these is a special type of escapism.
On a prosaic note. In Tibet’s history there was quite a bit of finger pointing and power struggle. If we read about it today in histories, it is all part of this life in samsara, as well. The most interesting thing here is idea of going beyond, of liberation. But often times it is easier to think in ethernalist-goodness framework of this life only somehow. Or even more simply fix samsara with samsara. Pretty foundational type of delusion that is very different from merit accumulation.
So, yet another bottom line is warranted:
Not a single nail in the foundation of any building in the center in France or anywhere in the world where they are at, for which these students now days are so confidently speaking for, nothing would be purchased or built without the blessing and accomplishment of the Lama. No one would even get an idea to do any of this.
All these students, ex students, senior students and the volunteers had a privilege to connect to the Buddhist teachings through participating in these centers on many levels. Now instead of discovering their inner Guru they made their mind up to push aside their outer Guru. And there is never any merit in that. Instead of feeling self righteous, they could have just left and concentrate into positivity, if they could, because this is the good thing to do. Not criticizing some one. But we all get to pick our interests and this just yet again proves that there are very few people interested in liberation from samsara.
May my comment provide some one who has merit to practice to see a possibility to do so. -Please know you are not alone in your attempts, despite the odds, especially if you are connected to this wonderful organization of awareness, that just seemingly has fallen into disharmony. The teachings are still there. May Lama live long and have his wishes fulfilled, exceedingly.