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Thoughts About Our Next Pilgrimage, and an Artistic Dream is Becoming a Reality - Painting The 500 Enlightened Arahats

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Thoughts About Our Next Pilgrimage, and an Artistic Dream is Becoming a Reality - Painting The 500 Enlightened Arahats

We all have a multitude of dreams and ambitions.
Some of them are worthy of our efforts, and others need to stay on a shelf, like a yeasty dough that needs to rise and mature.

I have wanted to paint the 500 Enlightened Arahats, the students of the Buddha, for over fifteen years.

Because this project will take me five to seven years to complete, and will require many thousands of hours and thousands of dollars, I have put it on an imaginary shelf, hoping that one day I would have more clarity about how to approach it.

Now, I have turned to my long-held artistic dream that I placed on that shelf, completely out of sight, and I have asked myself if it is a dream that is worth all the effort required to embody and live it, or if it is a dream that needs to float away into the ether, to live on only in my imagination....

“Make me real...” it whispered back at me.....
“Mak…