December 15, 2016

Let Go


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Revisiting prayer flags from the Bhavana Project with the second set's initial flag from December 2006.  I usually start out by creating the first flag of the set.  Words I inscribed: "Let go and trust"


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A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of twelve prayer flags began in December 2006.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  It is the second set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!





December 8, 2016

World Peace


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In gratitude to Bhavana Project participants, we revisit this prayer flag by Debby Everett in December 2006.  She took the flags along on a trip to Thailand.  Below the flags are shown with a spirit house.


Bhavana Project prayer flags





A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of twelve prayer flags began in December 2006.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  It is the second set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!







December 1, 2016

Freedom


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In gratitude to all participants in the Bhavana Project, we revisit this flag by Karin Amour in March 2007.  Her image was inspired by watching whales while vacationing in Hawaii.  The quote on the flag reads:  "Freedom - the power to exercise choice and make decisions without constraint". 


Bhavana Project prayer flags


A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of twelve prayer flags began in December 2006.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  It is the second set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!




November 23, 2016

Soul Connections


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Revisiting Cindie Wolf's prayer flag from 2007.  She had just adopted her two daughters, who you see below, at the time of making this flag.


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A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of twelve prayer flags began in December 2006.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  It is the second set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!








November 17, 2016

The Silence


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In gratitude for Bhavana Project participants, here is Elizabeth Dailey's prayer flag from August 2007.  She describes her inspiration:  "Reading The Man Who Walked Through Time by Colin Fletcher... the first man to walk the length of Grand Canyon Park back in the late 50's or early 60's. This book is a wonderful account of his experience. I'm sure you can imagine that it was a physically rigorous, intellectually challenging and spiritually enlightening experience to backpack through that spectacular country.  Early in the trek... he said, 'When I had finished my dinner, I lay still and listened to the silence.' This spoke to me - reminded me of those special, silent moments I've experienced on the trail, hiking and camping in Nova Scotia, Grand Canyon, the Sierra's."



bhavana project prayer flags


A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of twelve prayer flags began in December 2006.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  It is the second set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!





November 10, 2016

Live Without Fear


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In gratitude to all who created prayer flags for this project, here is Liz Finnerty's contribution from October 2007.  The imagery was inspired by her trip to Tibet.

"Live Without Fear" words to keep in mind.


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A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of twelve prayer flags began in December 2006.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  It is the second set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!






November 3, 2016

Unbind Love


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More prayer flags, this one created by Stacy Mora in December 2007.  Stacy is an artist living in Northern California.  The words written read: "unbind love, real love, just love, free love, love the unbearable, unconditional love, give love, spread love."

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A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of twelve prayer flags began in December 2006.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  It is the second set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!



 

October 27, 2016

Together


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Continuing to share more prayer flags with this one created by Janice and Dale Garber in April 2008.




A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of twelve prayer flags began in December 2006.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  It is the second set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!




October 20, 2016

Love & Patience


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In gratitude to all Bhavana Project participants, here is Suwon Weaver's prayer flag from June 2008.  It says it all, don't you think?


Bhavana Project Prayer Flags


A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of twelve prayer flags began in December 2006.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  It is the second set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!





October 13, 2016

In Hand


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As we continue to revisit the second set of prayer flags, here is Asya Lesly's flag from August 2008.  Asya is an artist in Northern California.  Thank you for wonderful contribution!


bhavana project prayer flags


A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of twelve prayer flags began in December 2006.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  It is the second set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!





October 6, 2016

Love Now







As we revisit past Bhavana Project prayer flags, here is a lovely expression from Mary Roy in September 2008. 


bhavana project prayer flags


A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of twelve prayer flags began in December 2006.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  It is the second set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!








September 29, 2016

Imagine


No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the p
eople
Sharing all the world...
~John Lennon, excerpt "Imagine”


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In upcoming posts we will revisit the second set of Bhavana Project prayer flags.  Here we have Jeannie Matthewson's "Imagine Peace" from October 2008.  This piece was the 12th flag, and inspired the theme for the set that followed (which you have seen in recent posts).


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A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of twelve prayer flags began in December 2006.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  It is the second set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!







September 21, 2016

Peace From Within

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
 ~ Buddha



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On this U.N. International Day of Peace I am sharing another prayer flag from 2009, which was my second addition to the third set.  The idea: Before we can expect to see peace in the world, it first needs to be cultivated within each of us.  I wove the words "happiness, compassion, kindness, equanimity" into the flag.  My inspiration came from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras (1.33) which says: "The mind becomes clear and serene when the qualities of the heart are cultivated: friendliness towards the joyful, compassion towards the suffering, happiness towards the pure, and impartiality towards the impure."  ( In later years, I  found similar words in the Buddhist loving-kindness meditation.)


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A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of prayer flags began in 2009 under the theme "Reflections on Peace".  It is the third set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!






September 15, 2016

Radiant Peace

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Continuing the Peace series in random order ... In March 2012, Mary Roy and Cindy Diekema co-created this beautiful and energetic flag.  Cindy tie dyed the center, and Mary embellished it.  Truly radiant!


bhavana project prayer flag


If you are just joining us, this set of prayer flags began in 2009 under the theme "Reflections on Peace".  It is the third set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!


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September 8, 2016

Peace to All Who Enter Here

Prayer Flag by Judy Warner

And another in the Peace series, created in May 2012 by Judy Warner.  This was the 11th flag in the set.  Read what Judy writes on her blog about the process of making the lovely flag.  She also shares the origins of the Peace Pole that is shown below....

 
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If you are just joining us, this set of prayer flags began in 2009 under the theme "Reflections on Peace".  It is the third set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!






September 1, 2016

Only One World

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Prayer Flag by Cheryl Razmus

More from the Peace series (in random order) with this flag from Cheryl Razmus in April 2012.  Her words: "Only one world. Only one cloth. Mend it and make it whole again" integrate beautifully with the embellished image details on the cloth.  





A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of prayer flags began in 2009 under the theme "Reflections on Peace".  It is the third set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!


I hope you are enjoying the show













August 25, 2016

Peaceful Stitching

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Prayer Flag by Lahar  Goldberg

More from the peace series... let me take you back to 2009 with Lahar Goldberg's sweet addition.  Lahar: "sometimes we come from another direction than someone else, but we discover that we have a common purpose so we can mingle peacefully and support a common vision, even if we come from a different point of view. Thanks so much for awakening the creative process in me with cloth, thread and color." 





A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of prayer flags began in 2009 under the theme "Reflections on Peace".  It is the third set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!





August 18, 2016

Peace Begins

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Prayer Flag by Linda A. Miller


More from the Peace series with the flag I created in January 2009 to start off the set.  I used sun imagery and words that inspire me from one of the Vedic peace chants, Sahana.  Traditionally this chant is done between teacher and student to open the teaching session.  The translation reads: "May we be protected and nourished.  May our actions flourish with energy, clarity and friendship.  Peace, peace, peace."  Felt like an appropriate beginning for the theme of "Reflections on Peace".

If you are just joining us, here is a bit of history.  This was the third set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!







August 11, 2016

Listen, Listen

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Prayer Flag by Sigrid Wagner

As promised, I am continuing to share the Bhavana Project's peace series.  This lyrical flag was made by Sigrid Wagner in August 2009.


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The words: "This wonderous sound brings me back to myself. I send my heart out with the sound of the river. Listen Listen Listen Listen." 

A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of prayer flags began in 2009 under the theme "Reflections on Peace".  It is the third set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!




August 4, 2016

Soar to the Stars

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Prayer flag by Linda Friedman


Continuing with the Peace series in random order.  In August 2013, artist Linda Friedman completed the 12th flag.  Inspired by a friend's photo of a public sculpture, Linda translated the image to cloth with paint, stitching and beading.  Linda writes, "Because a couple of the beaded stars and the arms of the figures reach beyond the beaded frame, it seems to me as if a movement toward peace reached beyond boundaries of time and space."

The flag reads: Peace is within. Soar to the Stars.


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Linda and her granddaughter

If you are just joining us, this set of prayer flags began in 2009 under the theme "Reflections on Peace".  It is the third set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!











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