Here is a photo of Lunch Offering to the Sangha (monks) at the Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple.
Three ways of making merit:
1. Making merit by giving.
2. Making merit by virtue.
3. Making merit by the development of meditation.
Eight ways of giving:
1. One gives spontaneously; 2. one gives out of fear; 3. One gives because of thinking, “He too has given me a gift”; 4. One gives because of thinking, “He will give me a present, too”; 5. One gives because of thinking that it is good to give; 6. One gives because of thinking, “I cook, but they (being ascetics) do not; since I cook, it would not be proper for me to refuse to give a meal to those who do not cook”; 7. One gives because of thinking, “By giving such a gift, I shall earn a good reputation”; or 8. One gives because it ennobles the mind, adorns the mind.
Eight reasons for giving:
1. One gives out of affection; 2. One gives in an angry mood; 3. One gives out of stupidity; 4. One gives out of fear; 5. One gives because of thinking: “Such gifts have been given before by my father and grandfather and it was done by them before; hence it would be unworthy of me to give up this old family tradition”; 6. One gives because of thinking, “By giving this gift, I shall be reborn in a good destination, in a heavenly world, after death”; 7. One gives because of thinking “When giving the gift, my heart will be glad, and happiness and joy will arise in me”; or 8. One gives because it ennobles and adorns the mind.
Pendant with Bodhi Tree design on one side and Bodhi Leaf on the other side with name on it.
48 x 33 x 8 mm. By Jimmy Quek Prabhakara. Collection: Helen
Rubber Plantation. Pencil and watercolour on paper. 37.5 x 27.5 cm. By Jimmy Quek Prabhakara.
Rubber trees and Santisukharama. Pencil and watercolour on paper. 37.5 x 27.5 cm. By Jimmy Quek Prabhakara.
Santisukharama. Pencil and watercolour on paper. 37.5 x 27.5 cm. By Jimmy Quek Prabhakara.
Santisukharama is a meditation centre in Kota Tinggi Johor, Malaysia. Last time Ven. Sujiva was there and he had guided many yogis who went there for meditation retreat.
2 sided pendant by Jimmy Quek Prabhakara. 38 x 28 x 4 mm.
If you are interested to collect artist pendants, you could visit artist’s pendants website and inquire directly from the artist.
I have just received the art market flyer. Siew Hooi will be showing our small paintings, artist pendants and other art items at the Fort Canning Center on 29 and 30 September. We will be at Gallery G11. This event is organised by the National Parks at Fort Canning Park.
Singapore Biennale, an international contemporary art event in Singapore, it will be again organised by the National Arts Council in 2008. It will be the second time this event to be held here. Recently, they have had Encounters session for guests and friends, so to meet and have conversation with the curatorial team. The theme this time is Wonder. Wonder is about thinking, questioning and looking at things with fresh mind… its aims is to make people aware of this sense of wonderment and their capacity for it, as contemporary art brings about moments of surprise, enchantments, shifts in perspectives, new experiences and ultimately, enrichment. I think that will be an interesting art event in Singapore again. :up:
I have been working with my pendants all day today. Here is one more new pendant I would like to show you today. Hope you enjoy it.
Bodhi Tree. Kiln fired pendant. 46 x 30 x 3mm.
By Jimmy Quek Prabhakara.