Where the Buddha’s teaching shines, there is the pureland of Buddha’s light.
~ Dharma Words by Venerable Master Hsing Yun
Artist Wanda Grein ‘BUDDHA’S LIGHT’
About the Artist Wanda Grein
Wanda has been a teacher of the Arts for more than 25 years. She teaches three days per week in her Art Studio where she
conducts art classes for 87 students ranging in ages from 5 to 75 years of age. Wanda teaches all of the arts not just painting!
When she is not teaching Wanda, has been involved in many community spiritual artistic ventures from mosaicking walls in
schools and churches, painting murals, to creating and sculpting statues for Meditation and Healing Gardens.
She first started painting the Buddha after a trip to Thailand where she discovered that to paint the face of Buddha requires
more than just painting skill. In her view, to paint the Buddha, one must be able to submit themselves to open mindfulness,
and be willing to ‘let go’ of what the conscious mind dictates, and gently allow the spirit and soul to guide the painting hand.
Her interest in Buddhist Art has developed from here, and she enjoys creating Buddha paintings which tell stories about
Buddhism, its history and its teachings. She’s particularly fascinated with combining Asian style painting skills, calligraphic
lettering and textural techniques in her own artworks.
Calling herself an ‘intuitive artist’, Wanda’s ideas and creative imagination all come into play as she paints. Sometimes she
sees the completed painted image on the white canvas before she has even started painting. She believes that to be able to allow oneself to tap into the
‘artistic journey’ one is freeing their mind and soul and connecting with God. She encourages her students to adopt this attitude to their own painting
regime. Wanda is delighted when her audience see her artwork with the heart rather with the mind. She knows then that she has touched, moved and
inspired that person to make a small connection with the Divine.
Words of Acknowledgement from the Artist
It is with heart felt thanks and Gratitude that I have been given this wonderful opportunity to celebrate my artistry at
my very first Art Exhibition ‘ Buddha’s Light’ at the Nan Tien Temple, Berkeley NSW.
I am honoured and humbled that my artwork has been appreciated and understood with the heart.
My deepest thanks goes to the wonderful Reverend Maio Yong who without her gentle encouragement and faith in me
as an artist, I would not have been able to experience this in my life time.
I would also like to extend my thanks to Abbess Manko for her silent guidance, the other Reverends from the Nan Tien
Temple, and the volunteers at the Temple who will be assisting during this Exhibition.
In Gratitude again, and with Love,
The Buddhas of the Five Directions (Chinese:五方佛), also
known as the Five Wisdom Tathāgatas (Chinese: 五智如來;
pinyin: Wuzhì Rúlái), the Five Great Buddhas and the Five Jinas
(Sanskrit for “conqueror” or “victor”)are representations of the
five qualities of the Buddha. These Budhas are actually different
representations of Shakyamuni Buddha.Buddhism originates
in the teachings of Shakyamuni (Gautama Siddartha), who was
born in what is now Nepal some 2,500 years ago. Shakyamuni
is an exaltation of the historical Buddha, meaning “Sage of the
Shakyans,” the Shakyans being the tribal republic where the
Buddha-to-be was born.
Buddhas of the Five Directions
This Buddha symbolizes the central direction and
represents wealth. The hands are in a mudra of the
ceremony of unction.
(Duo Bao Buddha)
This Buddha’s symbolic direction is west and
his hands are in a mudra of concentration. He
signifies infinite light and boundless life.
This Buddha’s symbolic direction is east. He
signifies confidence and fearlessness. The hands
are in a mudra of appeasement or consolation.
(Li Bu Wei Buddha)
This Buddha’s symbolic position is north. He
signifies calmness and purity. His hands are in
a mudra of casting out fear.
(Gan Lu Wang Buddha)
This Buddha’s symbolic direction is south. His
hands are in a mudra of touching the ground.
(Miao Se Shen Buddha)
Guan Yin depicted here with the dragon, the lotus, the peace
dove, Tibetan lettering, her hands in the Mudra of love and
understanding. A combination of all Buddhist symbols Purple
Guan Yin - associated with. She is painted purple because the
colour is associated with the purple Hindu chakra of compassion
and healing. Guan Yin is often depicted with a dragon which
represents primal forces we are in the process of taming. And
when they are tamed, they bring good fortune. The lotus for
purity, the golden flask to hold the healing waters; a dove resting
under her chin representing peace of heart. The dove represents
the product of using a creative imagination. She wears a crown
on her head which signifies her Bodhisattva with Avalokiteshvara
- also shows Fully Conscious Infinite Light.
Acrylic on Canvas
The wisest people are full of enthusiasm. ~ Dharma Words by Venerable Master Hsing Yun
Goddess of Peace and Love
(Purple Guan Yin)
Blue Guan Yin depicted with her hands together in prayer and the
Namaste greeting. She wears blue signifying the fire of purity and
stands upon a red lotus with crane by her side. In Chinese Buddhist
tradition, the crane is legendary in China for being the prince of all
feathered creature on earth. Next to the Phoenix the Crane is the
most favored all Chinese bird symbols. The Crane is the ancient
symbol for longevity because of its exceptionally long life span. In
many legends, the spirits ride on cranes, which are also said to bear
the souls of the departed to the heavens. Behind Quan Yin is the full
Moon depicting her royalty, her link to the Moon Goddess here on
Acrylic on canvas
Nameste Guan Yin
Portrait of Quan Yin the Goddess of
Compassion Here Guan Yin is represented in
a familiar pose, looking down with mercy and
compassion, kindness and love. Her delicate
crown signifies her Avalokitesvara meaning
being of Bodhi or enlightened,one who has
earned to leave the world of suffering and is
destined to become Buddha, forgoing the bliss
of Nirvana and taking the vow to save all the
children of God. Each Butterfly in this painting
represents a person or a soul who has learned
well and has obtained freedom from their
spiritual teacher Guan Yin.
Canvas size:76cm x 76cm
Acrylic and mixed media
Wise Guan Yin
Guan Yin depicted here as the Avalokiteshvara.
Here Guan Yin is represented as vowing never to rest
until she has freed all sentient beings from samsara,
reincarnation. With the 1ooo arms she represents
the omni present Mother. She senses the afflictions
of humanity and extends her arms to alleviate them
with infinite expressions of mercy. She upholds the
Buddhist Dharma and carries with her a variety of
implements to assist us in our lives.
Canvas Size: 90cmx120cms
Acrylic on canvas
(Guan Yin and the 1000arms)
Three Quarter face Buddha with Five
candle lights alongside his face.Inspired
artwork depicting ¾ face of Buddha
coming out of the darkness to show
his enlightened teachings represented
by the five candles. The five candles
are also linked to the ‘Buddhas of the
Canvas size: 105cmx75cm
Acrylic and mixed ,media on canvas.
The power of meditation can subdue the inner demon.
~ Dharma Words by Venerable Master Hsing Yun
Half Buddha’s face with Butterflies and
Chinese lettering of Meditation show that
Buddhism is becoming a global practice of
how we are all connecting to each other
mind body and spirit. The butterflies
signify the transformation we all make
when adopt practices that lead us to
understand ourselves and our connection
to all living things. Buddha is patient, as
we all find our way to enlightenment.
Canvas size: 76cmx76cm
Acrylic and mixed ,media on canvas
Buddha with white flowers falling alongside him.
Flowers signifying when a lesson is learned, a flower
falls apart. The flower lesson is a simple interpretation
of the Lotus Sutra. He is named ‘