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Pilgrimage in 1973
The above image depicts us in the sheer cliffs I detect many caves, like windows in a high rise apartment block, pointing out that this was once a power spot. Apparently these dwellings were accessible only by ropes. Yogis, monks and meditators used these for retreats, which lasted months, even years to find The first sunrays hit the peaks and turn the mountain caps into glowing golden light. Our path leads through a stupa/temple. I am the last to enter and stop. The walls and ceiling are decorated with mandalas and deities, some crudely executed but the colours are rich and of natural sources which gives them the extra breath and glow of mother earth. My eyes wander from mandala to mandala and my mind gets locked in…a blissful feeling spreads through my body. The mandalas begin to vibrate and no longer are my eyes seeing the colours and shapes…no more the I who sees and feels, just bliss and inner peace…I have come home. their inner goal.
The younger sadhu, Mayagiri (mountain of love) drags me out of the temple and reality, however beautiful and painful, sets in again.
On my journey to that temple I had met many high beings, solitary meditators, yogis, gurus and lamas, even seen the Dalai Lama, visited many temples and gompas, meditated in caves, visited many powerful places….and seen many tangkhas, but that experience on that cold morning was beyond the ordinary, beyond my mind.
I needed to find the key to unlock that mystery.
Many years later when I was painting for Lama Yeshe in Kopan, Mayagiri visited me and mentioned that moment – the moment I changed and took up a new path.
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When Dolma Beresford, born in Dharamsala and raised by Buddhist parents, moved to London, and attained a degree in graphic design, she jumped at the chance to learn from Andy, who as a friend of her parents was part of her childhood.
“When Andy said, ‘Come to my course at Jamyang Buddhist Centre!’ I knew I wanted to see him again,” she said. “The idea of escaping the world of deadlines and paying the rent to draw the Buddha appealed to me. It was a weekend that would change my outlook and take my interest in Buddhism in a direction I never thought possible. “At the end of the first day of the course, Andy asked us all to pin our drawings of the Buddha’s face on the wall so we could look at each other’s work. We had been working from the same grid and template but it was amazing how different each face was. How beautiful and interesting they all looked, staring down at us from the walls of the Gompa. Andy said this never changed, that every face was different. That we were all drawing our own internal buddhas, and because we were not yet enlightened, none of the faces we drew were perfect. Each face reflected something deep within every one of us. Suddenly I was connected. I now wanted to draw the perfect Buddha. Not through ego, but because I could see that it was possible. This was my path. I was hooked. “This art form has become my spiritual practice. I still can’t remember the order of the Four Noble Truths but I can visualise Green Tara, Vajrayogini, Samantabadra and I am just beginning to see Mahakala. When each thangka is finished I look at it and think. ‘Wow, it’s amazing’. Not because I painted it, because I don’t feel like I did. I don’t feel connected to it in that way, but there they are, manifested and then I give them away. “This practice has taught me more about patience, non-attachment and emptiness than a hundred books have. I am so glad the universe conspired to put Andy in my way. A great teacher in the guise of a grumpy old man. I’m so glad I recognised you, Andy!”
Artist Ella Brewer was an apprentice to Andy Weber for five years. A student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who has encouraged her painting and teaching work, Brewer is one of only two people in New Zealand teaching thangka painting, you can access her website by clicking here.
“You are creating positive energy by creating the image of Buddha, “ she said. “That’s why I’m keen to share this with people. Art is healing and spiritual art even more so.” People involved in making traditional Tibetan art develop patience. “One of my paintings took me two years to complete,” Brewer said.
People involved in this traditional Tibetan art form need lots of patience. “One of my paintings took me two years to complete,” Brewer said. She has already started on thirty-two paintings for the Mahamudra Centre, which is seeking sponsors for the art works. The paintings are expected to take up to twelve years to complete.
Andy Weber believes passionately in the importance of keeping a culture’s art authentically alive. “Signs of degeneration are all around us,” he said. “In Boudhanath itself, for example, factories of uninspired laborers supply the tourist trade with imitations of sacred art having no authenticity whatsoever. But there are also indications that the spiritual quest, however disguised, is still very much alive in the human breast.”