Beauty and Power
This is my friend Kalsang. He's an artist who owns a painting shop in Kathmandu. Sitting and talking with him in his shop, surrounded by the striking paintings that cover the walls, I feel a sense of peace.
My wish is to share that peace with you.
Kalsang recently tells me that what people really need, especially as the pandemic situation drags on, is spiritual power.
When I hear "spiritual power," I think of the feeling of being connected, centered, and open-hearted. I think of an overflowing sense of well-being.
In this sense of "spiritual power," I'd say Kalsang is exactly right. Many folks are struggling with anxiety, with fear, with keeping a basic sense of okayness. We need to connect with what roots us.
In my experience, power doesn't really come from anywhere outside of ourselves. Yet, some things outside of ourselves (a song, a painting, the sun, the rain, a friend) can evoke the feeling of connection, well-being, and personal power within us.
Most of the paintings in Kalsang's shop are in the thangka style from Tibetan Buddhism, but some are with a modern aspect.
One of his utmost concerns is the "feeling of the art." Each painting evokes in the viewer a different energy, a different mood.
If you'd like to purchase a painting, you can!
Most are within the range of US $30-200.
Kalsang ships them all over the world.
Kalsang is happy to explain the symbolic meaning of the paintings, and also to give instructions about how to meditate with certain paintings, for people who want to do that.
As for me, I'm happy simply to spend time with paintings and people who remind me how in love with the world I am.
To purchase a painting, or for more information: email Will @ teachmyself dot me