About Ritual IMPLEMeNTS

Sacred ritual implements are symbolic representations of an inner invisible grace.

In Vajrayana Buddhism ritual implements are important tools for gaining more understanding in the quest for enlightenment.  Implements are either designed for wearing, offering (to the Guru or deity) or playing (as in the musical sense).

For the spiritual seeker, ritual implements help the pathway to be clearer; they are supports for spiritual practice and each aspect of the implement contains sacred meanings leading one to ultimate realization of wisdom and compassion.


RITUAL CREATION

Pema Namdol displaying some of his gaus and dharma pendants at the San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show

Pema Namdol displaying some of his gaus and dharma pendants at the San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show

Throughout his life Pema Namdol has designed a series of elaborately decorative ritual implements with the assistance of skilled artisans from India and Nepal.  Ritual implements include gaus (amulets which contain ritual substances, relics and 2-D mandalas), damarus (two-sided Tibetan drums), gau and damaru cases, deity pendants, phurbas (ritual daggers), vajras (ritual scepters), protection-wearing chakras, and various dharma chakras.  

Materials for the creation of ritual implements include a wide-range: from wood, leather, copper, brass, silver, and gold, to precious and semi-precious stones.  Ornate details are created with soldering, stiching, engraving, burning, punching, wax creation and casting techniques.  A single ritual implement can take a team of artists up to six months to create.

I regard him as one of, if not “the best” contemporary Tibetan artist alive today. Pema Namdol’s obvious commitment to maintaining the traditional roots of this somewhat endangered art form is not only commendable but also essential if the tradition is to survive the modern era.
— Moke Mokotoff, Director of Asian Arts INC; Art Appraiser; Asian Arts Curator, New York