My work often focuses on expressing the universal human potential for transcendence and evolution; our capacity to grow beyond the myriad difficulties of our lives and become our highest selves. The bodhisattva series is an attempt to translate and distill this truth from Vajrayāna Buddhism into a form more accessible to the western mind. In this practice, Bodhisattvas are not gods, angels, or saints, but symbolic representations of the inner wisdom dwelling within each and every individual human being. With this goal in mind I have deliberately chosen to utilize generic three dimensional models instead of actual persons as the Bodhisattva to remind the viewer that these are not specific persons or people, but potential people – anyone and everyone. As such they also have no hair or clothing, as hair and clothing represent means by which we identify each other, both culturally and as individuals. I have included mandalas created on the principles of sacred geometry to symbolize a higher truth that is inclusive rather than exclusive – a visual representation of our inherent connection to not only each other and all living things, but also to the cosmos as a whole. Embedded in the mandala of each image is also the name of that Bodhisattva or Archetype in the language of the culture from which they originate. Each Bodhisattva stands with their hands in various mudras, or symbolic hand gestures originating in Hindu and Buddhist practice. These gestures invoke a particular energy and intent which informs the purpose of each Archetype.

Black Tara
Black Tara

Black Tara

Tara was such a devout student that the monks told her she should pray for reincarnation as a man so that she might achieve Nirvana. She said that enlightenment was open to all beings, and that only the weak minded saw gender as a barrier. As a result, she vowed to reincarnate as a woman until there was no difference between men and women and suffering was no more. There are many Taras, each associated with a specific attribute or ability. Black Tara is often associated with power and strength.

Avalokitesvara
Avalokitesvara

Avalokitesvara

Avalokitesvara is sometimes called 'He who hears the cries of the world.' Both Kwan Yin and Tara are said to emanate from him. His story is that he looked down on the world and saw all the suffering and desired to help those who suffered, but he could never do enough. He grew a thousand arms, a thousand heads... but no matter how he changed, there was still suffering in the world... so he ever strives to help those who suffer and is the embodiment of empathy and compassion.

Kwan Yin

Kwan Yin is known by many names in Asia, including China where she is revered by both Buddhists and Taoists. She is known as the Mother of Compassion and often associated with the Virgin Mary. In some places where Christianity was outlawed, Christians would hide their worship through devotion to Kwan Yin. She is also sometimes called the mother of Buddha. It is said she has vowed not to rest until there is an end to suffering.
Kwan Yin
Kwan Yin

Jizo

Jizo Bosatsu is widely revered across Japan as the protector of travelers, women, and children. Shrines to him are often decorated with clothing, especially that of deceased children. He is said to travel to any realm, even the depths of hell, to rescue lost souls. There is even a specific Jizo whose job it is to protect stillborn, miscarried, or dead children. Gifts for those children are often left in his care.
Jizo Bosatsu
Jizo Bosatsu
Amaterasu Ookami
Amaterasu Ookami

Amaterasu 

Amaterasu Ookami-sama is the Japanese goddess of the sun and the universe. She is very important to Shinto and is connected to the origin of Japan. She is also a patroness of weavers and rice fields - all bounty is said to come from her. She has also been associated with warrior women and the Japanese women's movement. Although she is not technically a bodhisattva, she too represents qualities potential to all human beings. The sun, as a heavenly body, has a perspective of equinamity; of compassion and giving to all living beings. Thus Amaterasu conveys the ultimate love and life giving properties of the star which makes our entire existence possible.
The All
The All

The All

The All is known by many names to many peoples - Allah, God, JVH, Atman, and Elohim (to name a few). The All represents the great creator, the origin of all things, and the unity of the universe. As a bodhisattva, The All represents our inner connection to the whole of creation, our ability to be creators ourselves, the spark of divinity that is inherent within us all, and eternal love for all beings. I took care to include both masculine and feminine aspects in the physicality of this bodhisattva - for The All is neither feminine nor masculine, but is all things and all beings - and therefore both and neither. The All's name is written in Arabic, Hebrew and Punjabi to represent the diversity of cultures which pay homage to The All. This is in no way intended to offend or belittle anyone's beliefs, but rather to honor and acknowledge the unifying truth behind many beliefs.

Bodhidharma

Bodhidharma is known as the father of Chan/Zen Buddhism. Bodhidharma was a monk in the 5th and 6th centuries in China. No-one knows where he came from for certain. Some authors name various places in India, others name Persia. He is said to have blue eyes, and was often described as being a large, hairy man who was known to be disagreeable. He is credited with the origins of Shaolin monks learning martial arts and was known for teaching exercises to develop the minds and bodies of monks he thought were too weak. Because of this, he has a legendary status somewhat similar to that of Bruce Lee. He is also known as somewhat of a trickster, stopping at nothing to convey the truth. There are many stories illustrating this. One says that when asked by Emperor Xiāo Yǎn of the Liang Dynasty who stood before him, Bodhidharma said he did not know. Those who are fans of Fight Club will appreciate Bodhidharma. I believe that Tyler Durden is his modern avatar.
Bodhidharma
Bodhidharma

Maha Kali

Kali is the fierce Hindu Goddess associated with empowerment and transformation. In spite of her seemingly terrible form, Kali Ma is often considered the kindest and most loving of all the Hindu goddesses, as she is regarded by her devotees as the Mother of the whole Universe. And because of her terrible form, she is also often seen as a great protector.
Kali
Kali