Transcriptions #29: Prayer for Humanity

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Transcriptions #29: Prayer for Humanity

900.00

24" x 24" x 1.5”

Original mixed media painting on canvas

I came across a prayer written by the Indian Buddhist sage, Shantideva, 700 A.D. It is the Bodhisattva Prayer for Humanity. That prayer became the inspiration for this painting. I love these words:

“May I be a guard for those who need protection
A guide for those on the path
May I be a lamp in the darkness, a resting place for the weary
A healing medicine for all who are sick
A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles
And for the boundless multitudes of living beings
May I bring sustenance and awakening
Enduring like the earth and sky
Until all beings are freed from sorrow
And all are awakened.”

The large square canvas cloth is textured with paper and gauze. It’s attached to a painted gallery wrapped canvas. The open scroll seemed the perfect way to display the beautiful words of this prayer. The scroll is sewn through to the back canvas and the sides are painted to match the painting. It is signed and dated on the side of the canvas.

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