fine art, modern art, healing art, Astrid Lee

Magic Dagger

Buddhist Painting Series

Original painting, acrylics on canvas. Size: 24"x24" , on 1.5" gallery-quality canvas.

This artwork is made with mantras and chants for the Vajrakilaya wisdom to come to its viewer. It is also treated with Reiki. Click here to learn what Reiki is.

Ready-to-hang original art, painted on sides: US$1,700 | € 1225 | £ 1010, plus shipping and handling cost, if applicable. Artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Brighton Artist Open Houses Show Price (May 2014): £ 810.

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Kila (read the story on the symbolism of the magic dagger below)

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Tibetan Buddhist Meaning of the Kila

The Phurba, also called Kila or kilaya, is a 3-sided knife or peg used to secure a tent. It is the magic dagger that is central to the Vajrakilaya meditation retreats & rituals.


Tara is quick to grant success in obtaining the ultimate happiness of enlightenment. You receive much good merit, or cause of happiness; it prevents a suffering rebirth in your next life; you receive initiation from millions of buddhas; and you achieve enlightenment.

Besides these, however, Tara practice has many other benefits. Reciting the Twenty-one Taras' prayer with devotion, at dawn or dusk—or remembering Tara, singing praises and reciting mantras at any time of the day or night—protects you from fear and dangers, and fulfill all your wishes. If you pray to Tara, Tara is particularly quick to grant help.

There are also many temporal benefits from Tara practice, either reciting the Tara mantra or the Twenty-one Taras' prayer. Tara can solve many problems in your life: liberate you from untimely death; help you recover from disease; bring you success in business; help you to find a job; bring you wealth. When you have a really serious problem, such as a life-threatening disease, if you rely upon Tara, very commonly you will be freed from that problem; you will recover from that disease. If you eat poison, if you rely upon Tara, the poison will not harm you. By doing Tara prayers and mantras, couples with difficulty having a child can have a child—and whichever they want, a son or a daughter. These are very common experiences. Through Tara practice, you can obtain any happiness of this life that you wish.

If you recite the Twenty-one Taras' prayer once every evening, it is impossible—I can put my signature to this!—for you to die of starvation. It is also a very common experience for lay practitioners, monks and nuns with financial difficulties to have such problems relieved by doing Tara practice. In my personal experience, I have seen many instances of people who have prayed to and taken refuge in Tara and been saved from the danger of untimely death from disease without taking medicine."


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