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Jasminek
07-18-2011, 12:04 AM
Hi,

Really difficult for me to paint since I have the new lap top, many things are not working!!!

Today is the 1st day of the 3 months long Buddhist lent. It starts from the first day of the waning moon of the eighth lunar month (in July) to the fifteenth day of the waxing moon of the eleventh lunar month (in October). All monks must take a residence somewhere, especially for the forest monks who travel in the forest. Some just take a shelter in caves.

The reason for the lent is during the time when Lord Buddha was alive, monks traveled to meditate and teach and during the monsoon seasons, people started to plant and many times the monks walked on the rice paddies and damaged the crops. So came the law of 3 months lent.

The monks must stay in within the ground of a temple or whatever shelter chosen. It is the best time for them to study the scriptures and meditate.

In this painting of mine, I tried to display the glory of a lotus which is sacred in Buddhism. Done in water color and felt pen and knife.

As usual, any comments and advice are appreciated.

gxhpainter2
07-18-2011, 02:06 AM
JasmineK....a beautiful Lotus and thank you for the history behind Buddhist Lent...

pat1940
07-18-2011, 02:33 AM
You can't tell that you are having difficulties Jasmine, as this is so beautiful ;);):)

L Skylar Brown
07-18-2011, 03:49 AM
This is lovely. No crit. from me...

Jasminek
07-18-2011, 11:39 PM
Thanks to everyone for the encouraging, kind words.:)

Caesar
07-18-2011, 11:55 PM
Therefore after long travelling You started Your Lent too.
It's just a pity Your new laptop doesn't work as expected. :(
Anyway it didn't prevent You from accomplishing this wonderful floreal watercolor. :)
The lotus flower seems to have had a special place in many religions indeed since the ancient Egypt. It probably deserves a deep exploration of why ...:rolleyes:-

semd74
07-19-2011, 01:07 AM
A very beautiful and detailed painting, and thankyou for the story of the monks, as I do enjoy learning from other religions because if we remain open minded we can certainly learn from each other :-)

justjean
07-19-2011, 03:23 AM
Jasmine, your lotus is lovely and thanks for telling about the Buddhist Lent, you combine art and learning in such a lovely way :):)

mannafig
07-19-2011, 05:00 AM
Very lovely work dear Jasmine:):)

jibes
07-19-2011, 06:23 AM
Jasmine. This is so very well done!!

Alexandra
07-19-2011, 06:26 AM
Thank you for the beautiful painting and meaning Jasmine!

HarlequiNQB
07-19-2011, 05:00 PM
Education and beauty all in one post. Excellent :)

byroncallas
07-19-2011, 05:59 PM
It's lovely.
And good luck with that laptop. Give it a good kick. It may not be the Buddhist way, but what the heck. :)
And I really like the flower.

Jasminek
07-19-2011, 11:45 PM
Thanks to you all for the nice comments.

On the lap top, it is just the learning curve of new windows, new explorer,no stereo mix for my French and Spanish learning, etc. And somehow all of the brushes on ArtRage do not work eventhough I loaded everything to be loaded.

And now my OLD laptop works again from the restore which was done correctly this time, life is never boring, yes???:D