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The Magical Display of the Arts

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Begun in the early 1990’s, the arts group at Pema Osel Ling in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California was created by the late Dzogchen master Lama Tharchin Rinpoche.  A Tibetan Ritual Arts master himself, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche immediately focused his energy on creating some of the most amazing sacred art projects at his newly opened center, Pema Osel Ling.  Working with and teaching a group of students, many of whom in their own right were accomplished artists, he was able to create an incredible collection of monumental works.  These works include a 29 foot Guru Rinpoche statue, 13 stupas the tallest of which is 30 feet, 4 immaculately ornate snow lion thrones and a 6 foot square sand mandala that serves as the base of the Gompa’s shrine.  He also established a yearly authentic performance of over 20 ancient sacred lama dances.  In addition to teaching students the meaning, content and choreography of the dances, he worked with his artists to create elaborate costumes and dance masks whose designs accorded with the instructions from his teachers. In the late 90’s, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche christened these works and the ongoing sacred art projects, The Magical Display of the Arts. 

 

 

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“Tibetan sacred art is the symbolic expression of the teachings and practice of Buddhism.  The symbolic quality of outer form can help to reveal the inner enlightened quality of our minds.  Just being in their presence can heal mental and emotional suffering and bring lasting peace.”

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

 

The sacred art on display at Pema Osel Ling and those available through Dharma Treasures are a living artistic representation of the deity’s found in Tibetan Vajrayana tantric practices. We call it living art because the master (teacher) to student (apprentice) lineage remains unbroken since the 8th century. The artistic forms are the outer most representations of deeper meditation, and its intended insights.

The Magical Display of the Arts has for many years made available the beautifully designed Treasure Vases for individual practicioners to have on their shrine, give as gifts, or bury in the ground or in bodies of water.  Now, for the first time, they are producing a few carefully selected items from the overall collection to make available to you.  

Tsa Tsa

 

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All of the tsa tsa’s produced by the Magical Display of the Arts are connected to the larger works of art they’ve produced at Pema Osel Ling. For example, the Dorje Drollod tsa tsas were originally made to fill the Namdrol Pemay Gatsal Stupa. There are over 100,000 of these precious tsa tsas in the stupa.  The white Vajrrasattva tsa tsas were also created to fill stupas.  These can be found in the Kudun stupas of Dudjom Rinpoche, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and Lama Tharchin Rinpoche..

The Dorje Drollo tsa tsa was based on one created for the Dorje Drollo stupa built by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche in Orisa.  Lama Tharchin Rinpoche working with Elea Mideke brought out the details of this tsa tsa to create the one we have today, thus creating a direct connection to the Stupa in Orisa.The creation of the tsa tsas .

 For all of the tsa tsas, once the original was given final approval by Lama Tharchin, molds were made and the manufacturing process began.  The tsa tsas are hand cast using a gypsum cement material.  Sacred substances are added to the casting material.  Once dry, they are demolded and after some touch ups of each tsa tsa, they are painted.  Final step is the application of the appropriate mantra and blessing by the lamas of Pema Osel Ling.

Treasure Vases

For more info on Treasure Vases click here.