Dzambala Budda #2
The Wealth Buddha
According to Tibetan Buddhist mythology: “One day a Yogi was walking through the forest and saw a man starving. The suffering was so severe that the Yogi wanted to cut off his own arm to feed the man to end his suffering. He could see that the suffering was distracting the man from his spiritual path. When suffering is present, one can’t experience the bliss created by being spiritual.” Hence the Generosity Buddha was born to keep prosperity alive, to awaken bliss in us, and to end suffering for all.
His mantra is: Om Jambhala Jalendraye Svaha
Inspired by the teachings of Beatrex Quntanna about generosity and prosperity, I began exploring Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhist art. The imagery is loaded with symbolism, and the art is meant to be copied as its own form of spiritual study. For this Buddha I digitally painted over a photograph I was given permission to take, at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, of a traditional thangka painting.