The Magical Display of the Arts and the Friends of Lama Tharchin at Pema Osel Ling retreat center, have designed and crafted these hand-painted seed syllables on raw silk over a stretched canvas frame. This seed syllable "BAM" is painted in radiant gold paint on white colored raw silk. Canvas is 8"X 10."
The calligraphy of these seed syllables was created by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, and is in the style of the Repkong tradition of Tibetan Nyingmapa yogis.
Seed Syllables are the unborn natural sound of dharmara, the nature of reality is great emptiness, free from dualism. Deities are actually wisdom, and wisdom is never based on dualism. All deities are connected to an individual seed syllable, called heart – essences seed syllables.
All ordinary syllables from which we form words are connected to an object or a dualistic thought. Whatever ordinary words we can imagine turns our minds toward material or mental objects. This continues without conclusion, never reaching a point of exhaustion. All speech actually originates from and concludes in dharmata. Wisdom seed syllables, however, remain free from dualism, they are never connected to any finite object. Thus it is wisdom sound that has the natural capacity to benefit and penetrate beings.
The seed syllable BAM is the heart-essence syllable of Yeshe Tsogal, the consort of Padmasambhava. The character itself consist of three parts, which symbolize the three kayas and their corresponding wisdom dakinis. The tigles(circle) at the top represents the dharmakaya, the ultimate true meaning. The da-tse (crescent moon underneath) represents the sambhogakaya, the symbolic dakini. The BA letter represents the nirmanakaya, the actual manifestation body of the dakini. These three inseparables are Yeshe Tsogals’s heart–essence seed syllable.