Artist: Karma Yeshe
*1966 Mongar, Bhutan.
1976 studied the art of decorative painting in Timphu
In-depth studies of sacred painting in Nepal for many years
Moved to France and worked as a painter of the Dashang Kagyu Ling congregation in the French region of Saône et Loire
1986 started to complete the decoration of the "Temple of a Thousand Buddhas"
He is currently working on giant mandalas that will decorate the ceiling of the temple and on another Buddhism project.
The painting on the front of the bear is the national flag of Bhutan, which is divided diagonally into two parts, with a white dragon in the middle. The upper half in yellow signifies the country's secular authority of the King in fruitful action in the affairs of religion and state. The lower half in saffron-orange colour signifies the religious practice and spiritual power of Buddhism, manifest in the Drukpa Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. The dragon symbolises the name of the country, locally known as Druk Yul, meaning land of the thunder dragon. Its white colour signifies purity and loyalty of the Bhutanese people. The snarling mouth of the dragon expresses the strength of the male and female deities protecting Bhutan while the jewels in its claws represent the wealth, prosperity and perfection of the country and the people.
The snow-capped mountains and landscapes with lakes and a stream on the back of the bear signify the purest water of long lives and happiness for all human beings.
All my paintings on the bear indicate my wishes and prayers for all men and women, old and young to live in harmony and to understand that all lives are the same. The stars represent peace and awakening from ignorance as bright stars in the night sky would do.
Sponsor: Honorarkonsul des Königreichs Bhutan, Wolfgang Pfeiffer