About Ritual IMPLEMeNTS
Sacred ritual implements are symbolic representations of an inner invisible grace.
In Vajrayana Buddhism ritual implements are important tools for gaining 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.
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.