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Chösum Stand C604

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Surreal art work on the sides, all done in kyungbur on this Chösum stand with a theme of a giving heart and a clear mind. The doors are delicate and inviting in their presentation of the ornate mirror where one sees the Dharma wheel and thus attains pure consciousness with the gold torma linked above like the sides of a prayer wheel. This cabinet speaks about giving and helping others. I very much like the sides with the spotted red coral offering, the rock cliffs seeming to bow before the offering bowl and the Mahamudra encasing the offering as if to say let go of material things and find freedom and happiness. Please see iconography for more details. The Chösum stand is painted on both sides and the front; the top and back are not painted. This Chösum stand comes with background information, iconography and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by one of the monks. Just a note of some damage: the zig-zag kyngbur on each side at the bottom is damaged and missing in places, the left side much worse than the right. there is also some zig-zag kyungbur damage on the left front leg. The damage has been taken into consideration in the pricing, however it does not take anything away from the art work, as all of the art work is close to pristine.

Materials:  Asian cedar & spruce
Dimensions:  H 31.5" W=29.62" D=15.87" measurements are approximate.
Age circa: 1935


Item #C604:  Price $1085.00, plus shipping & handling
West Coast $170~ Mtn. States $179~ Mid West $188~Atlantic coast $195
Canadian destinations contact us  for a quote. 



The front doors have a pristine lotus throne holding a mirror with a Dharma Wheel as the reflection. The sky serves as as celebratory backdrop adorned with gold torma and cumulus clouds. The lotus flower  is a natural symbol and represents earth.  Tibetan Buddhist mystics imagined the earth floating like a lotus flower on the oceans of the universe. The heart of the flower is the cosmic mountain, the axis of the universe. The generally acknowledged meaning of the lotus flower is purity of mind or divine creation. From the muck of a pond, where the roots of the lotus reside, an immaculate white flower emerges to rest on the surface of the water as a metaphor for the harmonious unfolding of spirituality. The mirror is an ancient Buddhist symbol for clarity, completeness of perception, and purity of consciousness. A mirror reflects a thing objectively, but what we see in the mirror is not the thing itself.  Because the object is not seen directly, it may be seen more accurately ~ more clearly, without judgment and with greater perspective.  This can lessen the tendency to see a thing as fixed or solid and encourage better understanding.  The mirror, or perception, more effectively propels the mind toward insight and compassion than mere argument or lecture. This then help the practitioner to understand and follow the 8-fold path as presented by the Dharma Wheel. In three parts, the wheel exists as a hub, the center of the world.  The 8 spokes denote the 8 paths to enlightenment. These 8 steps work together, not separately.  1. right understanding . 2. right attitude  3. right speech  4. right action  5. right work    6. right effort  7. right mindfulness  8. right meditation  The rim represents the attribute of limitation.  All are contained within a circle, which is perceived to be perfect and complete, like the teachings of the Buddha. 

The drawers display a clean presentation of Cintamani, elephant tusks and the Queen's earrings. Cintamani are wish-granting jewels and additionally represent wisdom.  Cintamani are also referred to as the “Thinking Jewel” and symbolize the importance of teaching and as well as the enlightened mind. The elephant tusks represent the entire elephant and when pictured with the Queen's earrings, both are then possessions of Chakravartin, or Wheel Turner. The term in Hinduism refers to an ideal ruler, but in Buddhism, Chakravartin has come to mean a Buddha whose all-encompassing teachings are universally true.  Chakravartin has an army of 4 divisions, infantry, cavalry, elephants, and chariots. Chakravartin is the lineage of 25 Kulika kings or enlightened monarchs, the 25th of which will finally defeat the "non-believers." The Precious Elephant is a symbol of the strength of the mind in Buddhism. Exhibiting noble gentleness, the precious elephant serves as a symbol of the calm majesty possessed by one who is on the path. Specifically, it embodies the boundless powers of the Buddha, which are miraculous aspiration, effort, intention, and analysis. The Precious Queen's Earrings:  the heavy earrings are taken as a symbol of comprehension of the Buddha’s teachings.  The weight of the earrings would have caused the wearers earlobes to elongate.  The long earlobes of the Buddha are a symbol of his detachment from all things earthly. The Queen speaks the truth, using no frivolous words and holding no false vices. 

The side main panel have an offering bowl with a most auspicious 9-branched red coral with pink dots, this is framed by Mahamudra mists, while below the rock cliffs are bowing. The blue billowing clouds or mist are Mahamudra: the union of compassion and wisdom -- the ultimate realization of one’s true nature.  They are represented as the transformation of our vices into the 4 powers of regret, vow, reliance, and remedy, so the practitioner will realize purification and enlightenment.  This is also the basic meaning of the "Heart Sutra." The rock/cliff formation represents the syllable "E" which appears in the opening stanza of early Buddhist scriptures, ("'thus,' I have heard"). The blue and red cliffs represent the unmoving nature of the mind when enlightenment has been attained. The tops of these cliffs have Kusha grass growing out of them. Kusha grass grows to a height of two feet and is used to purify defilements.  Those wishing purification sleep in a field or patch of kusha grass for ritual purification.  Placed under a pillow at night before initiation, Kusha grass is believed to produce clear dreams; it is also used to enhance the clarity of visualization and meditation.  Kusha is the grass of choice for the manufacture of sacred meditation mats.

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