“Path to Arupadhatu”
Acrylic on canvas
The vertical division of Borobudur Temple into base, body, and superstructure perfectly accords with the conception of the Universe in Buddhist cosmology. It is believed that the universe is divided into three superimposing spheres, Kamadhatu, Rupadhatu, and Arupadhatu, representing respectively the sphere of desires where we are bound to our desires, the sphere of forms where we abandon our desires but are still bound to name and form, and the sphere of formlessness where there is no longer either name or form.
I started this painting while thinking of my path both as my soul and body.
At one point in my life I was going through some hard times, as we all do at some point. I was unable to control my emotions and my body and so I used art as therapy and started painting this painting.
My desire is to go visit all of the temples on my list starting in 2017, with my daughter Anastasia Akasha Leibowitz, and Borobudur is one of them on this list.
Before we go I will finish all of the paintings that will have those temples painted in them, from my list.
Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. The temple is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, as well as one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.
These temples are mostly located in Asia. When we finish visiting all of them we will choose to go somewhere else.
I think it will be an amazing trip with my daughter and seeing her grow while learning and feeling all of the most beautiful spaces in the world.
Love you all,