Rainbows Appear: Tibetan poems of Shabkar
"Once torpor, stupor, and sleepiness have been swept away
The natural state of the mind will appear:
Clear, empty, naked,
Immaculate like the sky of autumn"
Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol (1781–1851) was a Tibetan Buddhist yogi who spent many years in solitary meditation - after which he devoted the rst of his life to teaching, travelling throughout the Tibetan region, gaining renown for the powerful teachings he freely gave to everyone he encountered. His autobiography, from which these poems are taken, is a Tibetan classic.
Jigme Douche has given Shabkar's songs a fresh and original calligraphic interpretation, mixing traditional forms with contemporary innovations. Rhythmic, elegant, and rich with Buddhist symbolism, his calligraphy is an homage to the splendour of a disappearing culture.