His Holiness sums up his life’s philosophy and why he might be the last Dalai Lama ever
A couple of nights ago we observed the winter solstice. This is the darkest time of the year, and moreover represents planting the seeds of the flowering of light within this darkness. At the same time, my friend called me, it being the anniversary of the death of her father. I was already well into the process of creation of this piece, a meditation on death and the cycles of death and rebirth. Here I honor the mystery of death, that though it may bring pain to those involved, it may be the path to a much deeper liberation of spirit. Death, however, is not limited to the death of the physical self. When you realize everything changes, that nothing is permanent, and you find composure in it, you find nirvana. If you can rest in awareness in the midst of life’s cycles of changing conditions, you find liberation within yourself.
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by Jake Kobrin Art & Design
Digital Painting in Corel Painter with assistance from Adobe Photoshop, Groboto, and Silk
Digital painting with Corel Painter and Wacom Tablet.
Definitely inspired by Maestro Venosa and his teacher Fuchs.
By Jake Kobrin
1. Laughing Selfportrait (1628)
2. Student at a Table by Candlelight (1642)
3. The Abduction of Ganymede carried of by Jupiter (1635)
4. Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee (1633)
5. The Blinding of Samson (1636)
Self portrait from mirror by Jake Kobrin.
by Jake Kobrin
Chaos and Composure (2013)
Oil and Casein on Canvas, 30x36 inches
by Jake Kobrin
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“The creative act is a letting down of the net of human imagination into the ocean of chaos on which we are suspended, and the attempt to bring out of it ideas.
It is the night sea journey, the lone fisherman on a tropical sea with his nets, and you let these nets down - sometimes, something tears through them that leaves them in shreds and you just row for shore, and put your head under your bed and pray.
At other times what slips through are the minutiae, the minnows of this ichthyological metaphor of idea chasing.
But, sometimes, you can actually bring home something that is food, food for the human community that we can sustain ourselves on and go forward.”
― Terence McKenna
Digital live painting by Jake Kobrin.