Arya Tara Statue
Master Artist Kalsang Lodoe Oshoe
In October 2011, Land of Enlightened Wisdom, commissioned Mr. Oshoe to build a three foot statue of Arya Tara for its shrine room. The sculpture will be completed in December of this year. The sculpture is made of clay, in accordance with the traditional specifications, filled with religious scrolls brought from India. He began working with clay and paper to create the statue of Arya Tara. The Arya Tara statue being created by the Master Tibetan Artist Kalsang Oshoe is nearing completion and will soon be placed in the shrine room at the Pomona center.
Geshe Sherap is the head teacher and spiritual director on Land of Enlightened Wisdom, where he conducts the Tibetan Buddhist Teaching Program. He studied for 17 years at Gaden Jangtse Monastery, and was awarded the Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest academic degree in Tibetan Buddhism. After teaching at the monasteries in India, he came to the United States in 2003, and now teaches beginning, intermediate, and advanced student in Pomona, California, on Saturday and Sundays at 2:00pm. Geshe Sherap extended a request to Mr. Oshoe for the statue to be created at the center.
Mr. Oshoe is one of the few highly accomplished Tibetan sculptors and artists trained in the rigorous artistic traditions of classic Tibetan fine arts. The cultural heritage from which these traditions spring from have become lost in Tibet proper since the Chinese annexation of Tibet in 1959. However, they have been kept alive in the thriving refugee communities in India. Master Artist Mr. Oshoe, based in Dharamsala for the past 20 years, has established one of the only schools to pass on these rare and unique traditional art forms. For the past decade, His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself has commissioned many works, both paintings and sculptures from him. Mr. Oshoe has been commissioned to create Buddhist sculptures internationally in Japan, Europe and the United States. He recently completed a three year project of a 25 ft statue and is currently nearing the completion of an Arya Tara Statue at the Land of Enlighened Center. You can view the nearly completed statue in the picture below, and view the Thangka painting, shown at the Johnson Museum of Art.
Mr. Oshoe will be leading a Mahakala Mask Sculpting Weekend Intensive to give dharma and art students a rare opportunity to create the Tibetan ritual art. Mahakala is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara in his wrathful form. He appears as Mahakala to defeat the delusions of ignorance, anger and attachment. Mahakala is a wrathful dharma protector for the Mahayana practitioner. Mahākāla is a Sanskrit bahuvrihi of mahā "great" and kāla "Black". Mahākāla is relied upon in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Students will learn sculpting techniques along with the history and tradition of Tibetan art.
We feel honored to be able to offer this class at the center and hope you will be able to attend this very precious opportunity to learn more about Tibetan ritual art. The class will begin on Saturday December 10 at 8:30am until 4:00pm and December 11 at 8:30am until 12:00pm. The class is $55.00. More information can be found on the website: www.landofenlightenedwisdom.org/wrkshop.html. or call (626) 698-4756 or (626) 755-1935
The Guru Puja will be offered on December 20, 2011 at 7:00pm.
Land of Enlightened Wisdom Center will be celebrating the achievements of the saint and scholar Lama Tsonkhapa on December 20, 2011 at 7:00pm. The Land of Enlightened Wisdom Center is located at 1317 North Park Ave in Pomona, California. Venerable Geshe Tenzin Sherap, the resident teacher and spiritual director of Land of Enlightened Wisdom will be leading the Guru Puja in Tibetan.
A Guru Puja is an offering or ritual to our spiritual teachers, a puja means to please or make happy. The practice consists of making offerings of fruit, flowers, incense, candles and prayers to the spiritual masters. It is through their kindness that we receive the teachings. Our spiritual masters are seen as the embodiment of the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) and are visualized in the form of Lama TsongKhapa, surrounded by the entire merit field or lineage lamas and Buddhas. The Guru Puja prayer is about 60 to 90 minutes long. Students are welcome to bring offering of breads, cookies, fruit or flowers for a group offering.
LAMA JE TSONGKHAPA
Lama Je Tsongkhapa is revered as a well known Tibetan scholar, saint and teacher. Lama Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was born in Amdo, in northeast Tibet. Interested in the miraculous events that occurred at Tsongkhapa’s birth, the master Choje Dondrup Rinchen took charge of his education when he was seven, giving him many teachings and tantric empowerments. Tsongkhapa left Amdo at sixteen to further his studies, studying under fifty teachers and gaining a wide knowledge of both sutra and tantra, being especially impressed with Dignaga and Dharmakirti’s system of reasoning. There followed an intense period of study and meditation, during which he experienced visions of Manjushri. He is founder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, built on the foundations of the Kadampa tradition, the legacy of Atisha. Based on Tsongkhapa’s teachings, the two distinguishing characteristics of the Gelug tradition are the union of sutra and tantra and the emphasis on vinaya. Four other accomplishments were the renovation of the Maitreya statue at Dzingji monastery and the great prayer festival, his extensive work on the vinaya (code of monastic discipline) ; the establishment of the annual Great Prayer Festival—Monlam; and the founding of Ganden
Tsongkhapa was also a prolific writer, and left eighteen volumes of collected teachings containing hundreds of titles, among the most important texts in Tibetan Buddhism, including the seminal text on Guhyasamaja tantra. Some of his most important works include: The Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path (Lamrim Chenmo) The Great Exposition of Tantras (sNgag-rim chenmo) The Essence of Eloquence on the Interpretive and Definitive Teachings (Drang-nges legs-bshad snying-po) The Praise of Relativity (rTen-'brel bstodpa) The Clear Exposition of the Five Stages of Guhyasamaja (gSang-'dus rim-lnga gsal-sgron) The Golden Rosary (gSer-phreng) These works are prime sources for the studies of the Gelug tradtion and have been praised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as being the true essence of Buddhapalita’s work.
We are honored to host Kalsang Lodoe Oshoe to teach the Mahabala Mask Workshop. Mr. Oshoe, a Tibetan Master Thangka Painter and Sculptor established a Traditional Tibetan Art school in Dharamsala, India where future sculptors and artists are trained in artistic traditions of classic Tibetan fine arts.
Mr. Oshoe belongs to a prominent family of Tibetan artisans and serves as an official court painter to the HH Dalai Lama. In the past, he has worked on projects at Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, Springfield Museums in Massachusetts, Tibet House in New York, and other prestigious museums in the US and Europe. His latest work was completed this June in Japan.
Mahakala is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara in his wrathful form. He appears as Mahakala to defeat the delusions. Mahakala is a wrathful dharma protector for the Mahayana practitioner. Mahākāla is a Sanskrit bahuvrihi of mahā "great" and kāla "Black". Mahākāla is relied upon in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism We feel deeply honored to be able to offer this class at the center and hope you will be able to attend this very precious opportunity to learn more about Tibetan ritual art.
Workshop cost is $55.00 Materials will be provided. Art media is clay.
Day 1 - 12/10/11
Students will learn to form the features of Mahakala in traditional Tibetan ritual art.
Saturday morning 8:30am - 10:30am Tea Break 10:45am - 12:00pm
Lunch Break Bring your own lunch or Bring something to share for potluck Rice will be provided. Saturday afternoon 2:00pm - 4:00pm Masks will dry overnight.
Day 2 - 12/11/11
Mask will be completed and painted
Sunday morning 8:30am -10:30am Tea Break 10:45am - 12:00pm
REGISTER NOW For more information Call center at 626 698-4756 Location: Land of Enlightened Wisdom 1317 N Park Ave Pomona, CA 91768 e-mail: email@example.com