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Each of the Sumiye painting of mountains in the mist has a transcendental story to tell. Each exists in its own "sacred space," an area of existence that makes contemplation and communion with reality a possibility at every moment.

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India abounds with Sacred Art. Only notice (in the enlargement) the size of the people in the crowd at the base of this enormous statue of the Hindu God Siva, and it becomes obvious what power and significance are attributed to this "destroyer and preserver" god figure, who is seen to hold the fate of the worlds and all of humanity in in his hands. Statue of the Hindu God Shiva - Bangalor, India
Much of the architecture in Spain was influenced by Islamic motifs that were brought there during th eleventh century and enfolded into concepts that have been used to design churches and cathedrals ever since. What better way to contemplate The Sacred than to feel way in which space separates and encloses objects> This Islamic style Arabesque crowns a church in Alhambra. Islamic Arabesque - Alhambra, Spain
The classically shaped Stupa, symbol of the Divine, is an architectural form dating back to the time of Gautama, The Buddha. He is said to have said that this dome shape with its short pinnacle at the top should be used for temples, and for the building that served as his mausoleum. Stupas of every imagainable kind abound throughout the far east. Chorten with Stupa - Tibet
The Tanka is a classical art form that portrays the planes of existence described in Tibetan Buddhist literature. Besides embodying an extrmely broad assortment of relationships between gods and godesses and human behaviors and aspirations, by virtue of their beauty, many tankas are considered extremely valuable throughout most of the world. Many of the designs used are quite rare. This one is modern. Painted Cloth Tanka - TIbet
Michelangelo's murals decorate the Sistine Chapel in Italy, possibly the most famous chapel in the world. Sibyls were female seers in ancient Greece and Rome and were also known as oracles. Like the prophets of the Old Testament, many sibyls had their sayings recorded in books. This portrat suggests the weight and profundity involved in the act of prophecy itself. Sybille - Sistine Chapel Section - Michelangelo
A mandala is a symbolic representation of the planes of existence, always beginning with the causal and including the subtle, cosmic and gross levels as well. Mandalas have been created in most esoteric cultures and religions and this particular form of expression has never been derived from exoteric or secular religion. This mandala is from China and the motifs and the embodiments portrayed are Buddhist. Bhuddist Mandala - China
Zen Buddhism is responsible for the origination of many of the most exotic traditional art forms in Japan. Japanese sumiye or brush painting is often used to project a landscape originating in the mystery that Zen Buddhists refer to as Emptiness or the Void, the Original Mind at the origin of existence. Zen Sumiye Painting - Mountains in the Mist

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