Destroyer of Illusions (Detail) – Tiffani Gyatso
Original painting: Acrylic and collage on canvas, Brazil 2011.
Inspired by the text:
“O mighty destroyer of selfishness-demons [,]
With body of wisdom unchained from all bonds,
Yamantaka come brandish your skull-headed bludgeon
Of egoless wisdom, of voidness and bliss.
Without any misgiving now wield your fierce weapon
And wrathfully swing it three times round your head.
With all your fierceness come smash this foul enemy!
Burst ego-concepts with your wisdom’s great might!
With your boundless compassion protect us from suffering
The miseries caused by our self-centered actions;
Destroy our self-cherishing once and for all!”