Modern Paintings by Paw Oo at Wat Olak Madu

high-definition creative commons photographs from a temple in Kedah, Malaysia, which has modern-era paintings by the Burmese artist Paw Oo, together with some further information.

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Previous Lives (24)     The Bodhisatta (16)     Life of Buddha (28)

 

Previous Lives

Entrance Gateway

Entrance Gateway

Santi Dhamma Hall

Santi Dhamma Hall

Santi Dhamma Hall

Santi Dhamma Hall

Rememberance Ceremony

Rememberance Ceremony

Kundakapuvajataka

Kundakapuvajataka

Son Bites Mother's Ear

Son Bites Mother's Ear

Mugapakkhajataka

Mugapakkhajataka

Mugapakkhajataka (detail)

Mugapakkhajataka (detail)

Mahajanakajataka

Mahajanakajataka

Temiya and Janaka

Temiya and Janaka

Suvannasamajataka

Suvannasamajataka

Suvannasamajataka (detail)

Suvannasamajataka (detail)

Nemijataka

Nemijataka

Nemijataka (detail)

Nemijataka (detail)

Suvannasama and Nemi

Suvannasama and Nemi

Umangajataka

Umangajataka

Umangajataka (detail)

Umangajataka (detail)

Bhuridattajataka

Bhuridattajataka

Candakumarajataka

Candakumarajataka

Candakumarajataka (detail)

Candakumarajataka (detail)

Mahanaradakassapajataka

Mahanaradakassapajataka

Vidhurajataka

Vidhurajataka

Vessantarajataka

Vessantarajataka

Vessantara Gives His Children Away

Vessantara Gives His Children Away

The Bodhisatta

Gods Ask Santussita to be Reborn on Earth

Gods Ask Santussita to be Reborn on Earth

Queen Maya has a Dream

Queen Maya has a Dream

The Birth of the Bodhisatta

The Birth of the Bodhisatta

Siddhattha Meditating

Siddhattha Meditating

Siddhattha Learns Princely Skills

Siddhattha Learns Princely Skills

Siddhattha Marries Yasodhara

Siddhattha Marries Yasodhara

Siddhattha Sees the Four Signs

Siddhattha Sees the Four Signs

Siddhattha Leaves the Palace

Siddhattha Leaves the Palace

Siddhattha Cuts His Hair

Siddhattha Cuts His Hair

The Austerities

The Austerities

The Bodhisatta Learns the Middle Way

The Bodhisatta Learns the Middle Way

Sujata Offers Milk-Rice

Sujata Offers Milk-Rice

Floating the Bowl Upstream

Floating the Bowl Upstream

Sotthiya Gives Kusa Grass

Sotthiya Gives Kusa Grass

Mara's Daughters Tempt the Bodhisatta

Mara's Daughters Tempt the Bodhisatta

Calling the Earth to Witness

Calling the Earth to Witness

The Life of the Buddha

The Awakening

The Awakening

The Awakening

The Awakening

Mucalinda Protects the Buddha from the Rain

Mucalinda Protects the Buddha from the Rain

Teaching the Five Disciples

Teaching the Five Disciples

Teaching Sixty Monks

Teaching Sixty Monks

The King Pays Homage

The King Pays Homage

King Bimbisara Donates His Kingdom

King Bimbisara Donates His Kingdom

The Double Miracle of Fire and Water

The Double Miracle of Fire and Water

Rahula Begs for His Inheritance

Rahula Begs for His Inheritance

Ven Moggallana

Ven Moggallana

Ven Sariputta

Ven Sariputta

The Ordination of Rahula

The Ordination of Rahula

The Buddha Preaches to Nanda

The Buddha Preaches to Nanda

The Buddha Brings Peace

The Buddha Brings Peace

The Story of Patacara

The Story of Patacara

Teaching Impermanence

Teaching Impermanence

Venerable Sivali

Venerable Sivali

Preaching the Abhidhamma to his Mother in Heaven

Preaching the Abhidhamma to his Mother in Heaven

Mahapajapati Ordains

Mahapajapati Ordains

The Uposatha Night

The Uposatha Night

King Ajatasattu

King Ajatasattu

King Ajatasattu (detail)

King Ajatasattu (detail)

Buddha and Ananda take care of a Sick Monk

Buddha and Ananda take care of a Sick Monk

The Final Passing Away

The Final Passing Away

Dona Distributes the Relics

Dona Distributes the Relics

Fourth Council at Aluvihara

Fourth Council at Aluvihara

Sarasati Devi

Sarasati Devi

Sarasati Devi (detail)

Sarasati Devi (detail)

 

Ajahn Santi
Ajahn Santi

These paintings are by Paw Oo and are found in the Santi Dhamma Hall at Wat Olak Madu at Sidam Kiri, in the Padang Serai district of Kedah. The Hall is named after Ajahn Santi, who commissioned the Hall and the paintings in 1993. Ajahn is a very senior Burmese monk who has been a refugee in Malaysia for around 30 years, and Thailand before that.

The paintings are in a modern style and Ajahn tells me that, despite their size and the wealth of detail that are found in them, Paw would sometimes paint two in a day. They cover the stories found in the Burmese edition of the Jātaka Mahānipāta, the birth and quest of the Bodhisatta and the Life of the Buddha and some of his famous disciples.

 

Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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