This is the foremost of my nun disciples, monastics,
amongst those who are senior, that is to say,
Mahapajapati Gotami.
                                 ...the Buddha
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Lorraine Capparell's Mahapajapati


Lorraine Capparell's Mahapajapati


Lorraine Capparell's Mahapajapati


Inspiration for artwork comes in dreams. There I saw Mahapajapati, the first Buddhist nun, teaching the Eight Noble Truths, her face animated with the light of wisdom.

This sculpture was commissioned for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA. Finding no example of Mahapajapati in Buddhist sculpture, I used my dream to inspire me.  A Burmese nun modeled the traditional meditation pose of women for me. From another model, I caught the face and the hands in the gesture of active engagement in teaching. The Dharmachakra "Turning the Wheel" is a mudra or gesture of the hands that means teaching the Wheel of the Dharma, the union of method and wisdom.

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