Monday, April 20, 2009

Karmapa's Dream Flag and Kelvin-Helmholtz

We all know the history. One early summer day in 1980, at Boulder, Colorado, the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa called a talented young seamstress named Deborah Luscomb into his sitting room at Marpa House and showed her three colored pencil sketches for what became the "Karmapa's Dream Flag," or Namkhyen Gyaldar. He dreamed that wherever this flag is flown, the Dharma will flourish. 

I firmly believe this is so. 

I believe every Buddhist in the world should fly this flag.

Here is a photograph of the so-called billow clouds that are formed by Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, when horizontal layers of air brush each other at different velocities. Click here for enlightened discussion of the matter.

UPDATED: The ever-precise Tashi Mannox has posted a useful article on the correct execution of the Karmapa's design: here.

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2 reader comments:

inkessential said...

Thank you Tenpa, i had always wondered the origins of this particular design of the Dream flag.

It just so happens that i also posted a blog on the same subject, called 'Geomantic flag' which you may find illuminating.

May i also take this opportunity to also thank you for the blog feature on me and my seal designs. I am presently working on building a new art website, which will give a lot more information on seal designs, as well as show new art works for the first time.

With Warm Regards,

Tashi Mannox.

Vyacheslav Ageyev said...

Hi, it was a surprise for me to find out that Karmapa's Dream flag is very similar to the flag of Ukraine, so I had translated the dream flag story into Ukrainian: It turned out that the Karmapa Dream flag is very close in colors to Ukrainian blue-yellow official flag. That's why I've translated the Dream Flag story into Ukrainian: KARMAPA CHENNO!