The Art of Kimyon Huggins

January 1, 2014


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Photo by Patrik Andersson

Since the day I encountered Rinpoche, nothing has been the same.  I was introduced to the Dharma and it quickly became pervasive in all aspects of my life, especially my art.

While on pilgrimage to Tibet in 2007, I took a rather extensive photo journal, capturing some incredible and blessed moments in pictures.

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These photographs became the inspiration for my current evolving series, Urban Terma.  I am moved to create this imagery, heavily steeped in the Vajra teachings and Tibetan holy lands, and juxtaposed with my completely metropolitan environment. In one process, I take these photos and create silkscreens that are then hand painted.  I also hide mantra in my elaborate canvases, to be seen only by the most vigilant perceivers, i.e., hidden treasure.  The source imagery reminds me all of the time that Rinpoche is always with me.  We have his teachings and love within our Buddha nature, residing in our heartminds.

We, the students of the Dharma in the West who have contact with authentic teachers, are the gateway of truth for the rest.  Rinpoche gave me the name Pema Ozer, Lightrays of the Lotus, and I see these works as an emanation of his light.


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“The Urban Terma Series is a body of work that has emerged from combining my life in Brooklyn, NY, with Tibetan Buddhist imagery and applies these practices among the bombardment of today’s consumerist and materialistically driven society.  Terma is a Buddhist term meaning “hidden treasure” and refers to texts and information hidden by great masters to be discovered and disseminated by “treasure revealers” at a fitting time in the future.  The Tibetan Book of the Dead is the most known example of this type of material.  I took this photo in rural Tibet during a prayer being lead by a great teacher.  The monk in the shot was witnessing the teacher for the first time in many years and was in a state of pure reverence and devotion.  This work represents the juxtaposition between the reserved, subdued mentality of eastern philosophy and western ideology, making sense and connections between them. The monk represents inner strength and calm in the midst of constant chaos.”

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