DescriptionAJA ISKANDER SCHMIDLIN/BHIKKHU SUMEDHA (Swiss/Sri Lankan, 1932-2007)
Pesaka (Transmitter), 1992
Watercolor on paper
8-1/4 x 11-1/2 inches (21.0 x 29.2 cm)
The Vision of Dhamma, Watercolors and Drawings by Bhikkhu Sumedha, Goethe-Institut, sponsored by Deutsche Bank, 1985, no. 85, p. 65 (illustrated in colors)
"As one standing on a mountain peak
Might see below the people all around,
Just so, O wise one, universal eye,
Behold the people sunk in sorrow,
Overcome by birth and decay."
Samyutta Nikaya 6:1
The Buddhist monk Bhikkhu Sumedha, born in Switzerland, holder of a German passport, lived the last decades of his life in Sri Lanka, more than 25 of them in a cave, Manapadassana Lena in Dulvala, near Kandy. Aja Iskander Schmidlin, as his name appeared in his passport, did not want to be remembered either as German or as a Swiss, but simply as a Sri Lankan monk, even writing a letter with this request to the President of Sri Lanka.
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000.
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