TRANSIENT & SENTIENT: “ALIEN NATION”
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Legends say Cintamani spheres are will-fullling fabulous jewels which came from the inside of brains of Makaras / NagaRaja - amphibious sea monsters with animal heads and aquatic body. Cintamanis manifest whatever the beholders desire. In Tibetan Buddhism two compassionate bodhisattvas hold Cintamanis for grand prayers of blessing all life forms to thrive across all cosmoses. They may seem exotic, bizzar, queer and kinked, even appear so deformed that un-recognizable to the common eyes, but nonetheless in Buddha’s gaze they are all sentient and each bears a precious Buddha seed within - a secrete key for transcending sufferings and endless cycles of reincarnation in the ocean of Samsara.

Through the lens of Cintamanis, new kind of life forms emerges, crossbreeds, evolves, mutates and trespasses all domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species boundaries in constant motion as if they following strange “selfless”, “non- differentiated” “collaborative” code or protocol at very fundamental level at beginning of genesis. This project is to look into the stars and imagine what astro/cosmic life form could be when we one day become multi planetary beings and what can we learn from this speculative fiction with references from Buddhism philosophy and inspirations from ancient mythologies.