Mandala Lotus Born

Mandala Lotus Born

I had an intuition in 2020 of the dresses that I should make during the rest of my lifetime. When I was little, I read the story of Chūjō-hime (747–775) and it made a great impression on me. I have always remembered how I longed for the process by which the thread was drawn out from the stem of the lotus, and when it touched the many, coloured flowers, the thread itself changed colour, as in a dream, and the mandala was completed.Chūjō-hime is credited with weaving the Lotus Thread, Taima Mandala, a mandala depicting the cosmography of the Pure Land. It is said that she managed this miracle in a single night. Some versions of the story say that she was aided in the task by an apparition of the Great Spirit in response to her prayers. Other beliefs hold that she was herself an incarnation of Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.

At the beginning of creation, lotus flowers bloom from the swamps of the universe.
A world of silence where many lotus mandalas bloom and pray.
At the centre of the universe, the Creator God prepares a new world.
A world of eternal silence, where lotus petals smile like a gentle Goddess.
Infinite prayers overlap across time and space.

As long as I have my life, how many mandala prayers can I weave?
Mandala Lotus prayers as disciples who prepare the time for the birth of the next Buddha. If I can make 48, can I dream of unlocking the path to the new world of Bodhisattva Maitreya, our next Buddha 5,670 million years in the future who, it is said, will appear and rescue humanity?

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