THE GREAT MIRACLE AT SHRAVASTI (red tones), 2007
pastel on paper
41.5 x 29.5 inches (sheet)
45 x 33 inches (frame)
Shravasti is one of the eight great pilgrimage sites associated with the life of Gautama Buddha. It is celebrated as the place where those who hold mistaken beliefs are publicly challenged and converted. The Buddha discoursed there for 25 rainy seasons. Jetavana Grove is the name of the park where he performed these miracles, a site near the city of Shravasti, the capital of Koshala. The grove, which fell into ruins, has been excavated and partially restored. This work is based on an image from a late 12th century book cover.