Eileen Corder Hayfork, California USA
'Om Mani Padme Hum'
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Om Mani Padme Hum
Paper Dimension: 10” x 7.5”
Image Dimension: 8” x 4.5”
Block: one linoleum/ two Shina plywood
Paper: Rives Lightweight
Om Mani Padme Hum is the six-syllable mantra of Chenrezig (sanskrit: Avalokiteshvara) the boddhisattva of compassion. It is said that all the teachings of the Buddha are contained in this mantra. “As sounds play an important role in the use of mantras, Tibetans never translated it into their own language, but preserved the Sanskrit sounds while using their own alphabet.” (Kalu Rinpoche)
It was a joy to study this beautiful alphabet of bursting vowels and impacted consonants. My font was inspired by a dakini script. Each syllable is rendered in its traditional color. Tibetan reads left to right like English.