Flower Mandalas

Flower Mandalas

Flower Mandala: Gazania III

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Gazania III
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Flower Mandala: Yellow Daylily II

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Yellow Daylily II
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Flower Mandalas: Yellow Rose (and garbage)

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Yellow Rose I
Defiled or immaculate. Dirty or pure. These are concepts we form in our mind. A beautiful rose we have just cut and placed in our vase is pure. It smells so good, so fresh. A garbage can is the opposite. It smells horrible, and it is filled with rotten things.
But that is only when we look on the surface. If we look deeply, we will see that in just five or six days, the rose will become part of the garbage. We do not need to wait five days to see it. If we just look at the rose, and we look deeply, we can see it now. And if we look into the garbage can, we see that in a few months its contents can be transformed into lovely vegetables, and even a rose. If you are a good organic gardener, looking at a rose you can see the garbage, and looking at the garbage you can see a rose.
Roses and garbage inter-are. Without a rose, we cannot have garbage; and without garbage, we cannot have a rose. They need each other very much. The rose and the garbage are equal. The garbage is just as precious as the rose.
- Thich Nhat Hanh, “Peace is Every Step”
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Flower Mandala: Protection

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Pink Peony I
On life’s journey, faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.
– Buddha
May St. Patrick guard you wherever you go, and guide you in whatever you do and may his loving protection be a blessing to you always.
– Irish Blessing
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Part III: Art and 'Madness' - Schizophrenic art
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posted 10:21:24am Dec. 16, 2013 | read full post »


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