Find these and more designs at bodhileaf-designs.com/

Copyright Kirsten Penaloza

Rainbow Body

June 2016

On June 12, 2016 the USA witnessed its worst mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.
The target of this shooting was a night club for LGBT people. 

Since many years the LGBT community uses the rainbow flag to show gay pride, but there are many rainbow flags with different meanings, such as peace, but also in some countries used for Buddhist identity. 

In the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism exist the term "Rainbow Body", which refers to how someone sees an enlightened being. Even until today there are story of great teachers, who upon dying their body leave a rainbow trace. 
Not only the beautiful phenomena of a rainbow in the sky, but all the meanings and importance it represents, inspired me and gave me the idea of this design.

Copyright Kirsten Penaloza

Bodhisattva in Training

June 2016

All who have the desire to attain enlightenment, not only for their own benefit, but for the benefit of all sentient beings are considered Bodhisattvas
Through meditation we practice inner peace, train our minds in mindfulness, tolerance, love and compassion.
But even if we want to be the smiling, calm, in all perfect person, we have to acknowledge we are above all simply human beings.
We get angry, we are sad at times, overly euphoric other times, we just can't help most of the times to have strong emotions and we let ourselves be taken away by them.

But all of this is fine, because all great master started somewhere. We are just Bodhisattvas in Training.