Water Offerings

Art Description

Every time I visit my parents, my father insists that I do “chhoep “ (water offerings) in the shrine room. Adopted from the ancient Indian practice by the great Bengali master Atisa Dipankara, water offering is a spiritual practice of making offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. I always assumed these practices were mere rituals with no higher meaning. But as I learn more about the Buddhist philosophy of using skillful means, “ritualistic” practices in Buddhism are there to train our monkey mind.

I dedicate these paintings to my father, who is a constant inspiration for dealing with everyday life in the most gentle and mighty way.

Art Specification

Title: Water Offerings
Year: 2022
Dimension: 50x50cm each (Triptych)
Medium: Acrylic
Exhibited In: Healing with Happiness
Price: Price on Request
Artwork Code: HWH112

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Yeshey Tsogyal

Born 1993, from Thimphu

Art for me is a developing process meaning there’s no final stage so I keep wanting to change it or destroy it — destroying is my favourite part of the process. I wish I had more experience with mediums other than acrylic. I find acrylic paint binding especially with the texture I had in mind.

Saul Bellow (A Canadian American writer) in a 1965 interview, says “I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness that characterises prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. I think that art has something to do with the arrest of attention in the midst of distraction”. This speaks to me.