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CATEGORY 23: Art Frames

Introduction

  From ancient times to the present, there have been many kinds of frames for pictures, paintings, and other forms of art. There have been frames in the baroque style, frames made from tree bark, striped frames, frames with Chinese style carved flowers, gold or silver plated frames, etc. However, there have not been frames whose substance imitates various natural elements. In order to change the art of frames in this world so that people could bask in the delight of art that is in harmony with nature, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu created sculpted art frames in the style of various natural elements. Examples of this include frames made in the style of ganoderma lucidum (a type of hard dark brown fungus supposed to possess supernatural powers), tropical plants that wind around trees, coral, ancient-looking unearthed cultural relics, white and green jade, and winding vines.

  The key to this is that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, through His Holinesss wisdom and inner realization vidya powers, applies to these frames the four great impermanent elements of earth, water, fire, and wind. His Holiness thereby creates frames whose material and structure appear to be created by nature itself. Actually, these frames look more real and natural than the real natural elements themselves. We will only give two examples that demonstrate this point. One is the faux ganoderma lucidum art frames and the other is the faux green jade art frames.

  The ganoderma lucidum art frames are formed by putting together many of those hard mushroom-type fungi. Of course, such frames are not composed of real ganoderma lucidum. Rather, the ganoderma lucidum in such frames are created from carving and application of colors. The shapes of the ganoderma lucidum are connected together on the wooden frame to form an exquisite, integrated shape. Those ganoderma lucidum have the same color, air, and shape of real ganoderma lucidum. Furthermore, rare thousand-year-old ganoderma lucidum, old hundred-year-old ganoderma lucidum, and new tender ganoderma lucidum are interconnected to form an elegant and charming appearance. Many ganoderma lucidum mushroom caps and mushroom stems are interconnected in a beautifully rhythmic manner. The interchange between substance and emptiness, highness and lowness, largeness and smallness, and thickness and thinness creates a highly elegant appearance. This is where the charming style of these Yun Sculpture frames lies.

  The styles, hues, and shapes of the ganoderma lucidum seem to change in an extraordinary manner. Additionally, each frame embodies twelve characteristics: enrapturing beauty, charming grace, oldness with strength, an ancient look, an appealing and natural fragmentary look, an attractive weathered look, real-looking spots, rareness, elegance, a powerful air, a bold and vigorous quality, and a simple yet majestic manner. These are the twelve characteristics by which one can distinguish between real and counterfeit Yun Sculpture frames composed of carved ganoderma lucidum. They also are the reasons why the sculptures of H.H. Dorje Chang Budddha III are peerless.

  These Yun Sculpture frames composed of carved ganoderma lucidum provide artistic beauty for all to appreciate. Moreover, the ganoderma lucidum is a very auspicious symbol that is said to embody the spirit of everything. It represents riches, honor, and splendor. Among some of the special features of these frames worth appreciating are their bold and vigorous style, an extraordinary quality that transcends the mundane, and a rich rustic and ethnic air. These frames contain and exhibit the extensive knowledge of their creator. It would be difficult for even famous people to find one of these frames to hang on the wall of their home. That is because each such frame is unique in the entire world. Each one is a matchless, rare treasure.  

  Everyone knows that green jade is the highest grade jade. A piece the size of ones palm has already become something rare in this world. However, the faux green jade art frames of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, each side of which is a few feet, seem to be carved entirely out of green jade. Moreover, they look like they were made out of old green jade that has no defects. Arent these tantamount to wonderful treasures that have fallen from heaven? Of course, this earthly world does not have such beautiful green jade. It can only come into existence through the carving knife of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III.

  The faux green jade art frames created by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III have an ancient-looking green jade color to them that is steady and elegant. This color is not stale or old-fashioned in the least. Rather, it is a natural combination of refined blackish green and sprightly verdant, although there is not much verdant hue. This color expresses the essence of old jade that has slowly matured over thousands of years, with a vigorous and spirited quality that is clearly seen. This refined green jade color will every now and again reveal a lustrous white, like the color of the feathers of immortal cranes. Such a mixture of hues truly transcends all traces of the mundane.

  There is another aspect to these art frames that is incredible. We have only mentioned here blackish green, verdant, and lustrous white. However, the color green alone could be further divided into many different types based upon its various hues. There is aged green, light green, blackish green, glossy dark green, pastel green, verdant, fresh green, deep green, translucent green, etc. There actually are countless gradations of green in these art frames, all of which are natural looking. All of these various shades of green interconnect and interact so naturally there is not the slightest sign they were created by man. Therefore, it is difficult to fathom how the creator of these frames could harmonize these colors so masterfully, fittingly, flawlessly, and beautifully.

  The second aspect worth describing is the streaks and lines on these faux green jade frames. The streaks and lines may be deep or shallow, large or small, high or low. They seem to be naturally formed as they wind their way through the ever-changing harmonious colors. These streaks and lines may be bold, vigorous, and unconstrained; soft, smooth, and graceful, like hanging willows; rippling, like water when hit by a pebble; jagged, like the contour of broken stones; indistinct, like shadows of mysterious and beautiful heavenly beings cast over water; or irregular, like rocks randomly hurled on sand. There are no set rules regarding these streaks and lines. They were created with natural, spontaneous, and heavenly stokes of the brush. Who can guess in which direction they will turn next? They are astoundingly beautiful. This is especially true with respect to several aged streaks that seem to be remnants formed during the ice age. These disjointed dark brown streaks express the passage of time and the touches of wind and frost over the years. When appreciating such superlative craftsmanship, one can only utter profuse praise and wonder what Buddha-dharma realization was applied by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III to coalesce thousands of years of time into one splendid frame.

  The third aspect of these frames one should notice is their texture. This is another astounding part of these faux green jade frames. Whether viewed from a distance or close up, and when touched by the hand, you will feel that the texture is that of real green jade. It is truly difficult to imagine that these frames were sculpted with the hand of man. They have a clear luster that is not a superficial or dazzling type of brightness. Rather, it is a soft, warm, and steady type of luster. Although it is not a resplendent and dazzling luster, it nonetheless is invigorating and uplifting. The luster of these frames emanates from their interior. It is a type of light that radiates from the deepest level of the frames to their outer surface, manifesting the remarkably natural texture of real jade. It seems that if you dropped these faux green jade frames on the ground, the loud clang of hard jade would follow. Through the surface of the frames, one can also see green cotton-shaped formations that seem to be floating inside the frames at various depths. This is a special characteristic of green jade. Each of these endlessly interconnected formations has its own shape and seems to change in an amazing way. They form the inner world of green jade, making the green hues of these frames appear translucent at times and richly dense at other times. The result is a mysterious, elegant, and graceful appearance.

  The fourth aspect of these frames worthy of appreciation is their integrity or completeness. The flow of the colors and streaks form a whole. That is, these frames are not composites of small pieces of jade. Each frame is an integral whole, as if it was cut out of a gigantic piece of green jade. When you carefully view the entire art frame from top to bottom and from left to right, you will discover the unrivaled carving skills of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III! The streaks and spots on the surface follow the various sections, grooves, and recesses all the way to the back of the frame. It is as if that particular piece of jade existed solely for the purpose of becoming an art frame. The colors and lines on each corner and each section are equally beautiful and flowing. Even natural precious stones have not reached this level of wholeness and perfection.            

  Actually, the amazing features of the faux green jade art frames described above are not limited to such art frames. All of the Yun Sculpture art frames created by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III are like this. As a result of His Holinesss wondrous application of colors and superlative carving, His frames most definitely have the texture of the natural minerals or plants that they portray. However, they embody a consummate perfection that certainly surpasses the creations of nature itself. This is true for frames sculpted by H.H. Dore Chang Buddha III in the style of faux withered vines, faux tree roots, faux white jade, faux old wood, faux spotted jade, faux ganoderma lucidum, faux red coral, etc.

  Each and every detail of the frames created by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddda III expresses an extremely natural quality in both form and spirit. Yet, His Holinesss frames are devoid of the dark spots or broken parts that natural objects have after being exposed to wind, frost, rain, and snow. His Holiness has developed to a perfect degree the depiction of the fleeting beauty that natural treasures display during their growth process. Without any exaggeration, it can be said that if heavenly beings saw His Holinesss Yun Sculpture art frames, they would feel embarrassed that they themselves cannot create such beautiful frames.

  It must be emphasized that frames with such genuine and perfect texture and color represent a pinnacle that others have heretofore been unable to reach in the history of human art. Simply put, mankind has been longing to reach but has been unable to reach the extremely high degree of genuineness and perfection that is embodied in the Yun Sculpture frames of H.H. Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu Holiest Tathagata. Thus, it is very difficult for us to distinguish art frames sculpted by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III from other forms of art by simply applying common artistic concepts of the past. When standing in front of these wondrous and rare works of art, we gaze upon and marvel at their beauty. In the words of the deceased Mr. John B. Tsu, who was chairman of the White House Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, This is truly the divine workmanship of a Buddha.

 

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