I had a trip to Koyasan from October 31 to November 2 in order to take an initiation from His Holiness the Dalai Lama 14th. The ceremony of Vajradatsu Mandala Initiation was unforgettable experience to me, but now I want to chat a little about an exhibition that I saw at Koyasan.
I took the Nankai Express at noon and arrived at the dorter inn in the late afternoon. It was already getting dark in that mountain area, but I wanted to walk around the town I visited two years ago. There were souvenir shops and restaurants along the bus street as before. And by chance, I found a small coffee shop where people were gathering and smiling. It seemed they held a small exhibition of some paintings. Being attracted by their happy air, I went in.
They were displaying unique paintings of a Nepalese. His name was Tenzin Norbu, a Buddhist priest and a Thangka painter from Dolpo, the innermost village in the Himalayas. All paintings were filled with the pure religious zeal, and depicted the fascinating landscape, horses, and people. I felt the cold, transparent air of the Himalayas.
When I bought the collection of his paintings, the clerk of the shop took me to the painter, Tenzin Norbu himself. Until that time, I did not know the painter was there. He was a stout man with a big smile, and he took a ball-point pen, signed and quickly drew a picture of a horse on the first page of the collection. It was a horse running like the wind and was so real ! I thought this collection book would be my treasure.
On my way back to the dorter, I found myself smiling unknowingly, just like those people gathering in front of the coffee shop. Perhaps the painter was radiating happy feelings around him and it was infectious.