The three coloured gates
The three physical places of head, throat and heart are known as ‘The Three Gates’, chakra points of body speech and mind.
These three syllables oṃ āḥ hūṃ are broadly brushed in a cursive Tibetan Drutsa script, illuminating their corresponding colours of white, red and blue.
The smaller text in black on the black background, written in a Tsugtung script style, are verses from the Dhammapada:
Gain mastery over body; guard yourself from acting angrily. Keep yourself from bad actions. Use your body well.
Gain mastery over speech; guard yourself from acting angrily. Keep yourself from speaking wrongly. Use your speech well.
Gain mastery over mind; guard yourself from angry thoughts. Keep your mind from mental baseness. Use your mind well.
The steadfast are controlled in body and controlled in speech; the steadfast controlled in mind. This is perfect mastery.
Peeling away latex resist to reveal the clean white paper, after which the application of black ink layered background has dried.
Issued with this artwork is a Certificate of Authentication with description, which serves as provenance, as well as a recipe of value for insurance purposes.