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Melati Hewison - Bodhisattva
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455 x 455 mm


Acrylic on canvas




'Studio show'
Evers Design
South Melbourne


In Buddhist tradition a Bodhisattva is someone who is motivated by pure compassion and love. They seek enlightenment not only for him/herself but also for the sake of all sentient beings.

In Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva has the compassionate determination to aid all beings on their quest for the highest state of development, full enlightenment of a Buddha. This type of motivation is known as bodhicitta. Remaining in this world of uncontrolled rebirth (samsara), the Bodhisattva has taken the bodhisattva vow to achieve Buddhahood as quickly as possible and thereby be most able to teach Dharma until all beings have likewise achieved enlightenment.

In this painting, the bodhisattva is naked to expose the judgment of others so that she can help guide them though understanding where their suffering lies.


Private collection, Australia.