We thank Marianna Rydvald for donating 42 art prints of White Tara and Chenrezig, which helped raise $2,100 for the repair of the roof at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, Woodstock, New York.
Marianna, who created the original artworks upon which the prints were based, was born and grew up in northern Sweden in what is called Lapland or Samiland.
We asked the artist to tell us a little about her work. Here are her comments:
“Through the blessing of the Three Jewels I was fortunate to meet many great Teachers of sacred Dharma. That has inspired me to paint sacred art.
“His Holiness the 16th Karmapa told me in the late ’70s: ‘be true to your own style, study the old traditions and work on the transition from the old to the new.’ This is what I have done.
“I am grateful for the invitations to paint murals in the wonderful Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery, HP, India, which is my current project, and to paint, “The Twelve Deeds of the Buddha,” for His Holiness Situpa Rinpoche, Sherab Ling, India. Also to paint murals depicting “The Life of the Buddha” on the walls at Karma Tharjay Chokhorling, Bodhgaya, India during the 1980s. I was very happy to paint murals inside the Lhabab Peace Stupa, at Karma Rime O Sal Ling on the island of Maui, Hawaii, that has been my home for 21 years.
“May this sacred art bring inspiration for peaceful actions of body, speech and mind.
“May we all experience peace within and may World Peace manifest swiftly and gracefully.”
To see more of Mariana’s inspiring art, please visit http://www.dakiniart.com