Each piece is hand formed and hand painted. Each contains a series of engraved symbols consisting of lines, arcs squares and spheres. The top most sphere is included with each piece and represents the constants of life and the Tao throughout the series.
Sanctuary is a series of one sphere, (the moon) two lines forming the peak of a monastic roof, another smaller sphere representing the solitary being within; This is situated over a rectangle which represents stability as well as the meditation mat of a zendo. The stone is completed with three smaller circles representing the fluidity of our present, future and the past. The symbol is meant to be a reminder of the need for solitude and safe haven in the often bustling and hectic world around us..
The following is taken from the book 365 Tao: Daily Meditations
by Deng Ming-Dao
Though this world is turbulent, there are still days and places
where we can be afforded some tranquility. When this happens, it is
right to rest from the tribulations and striving of being in the world
and to take advantage of what is offered. Sometimes it will be the
peaceful feeling of sunset, when the blazing sun becomes reconciled with
the horizon and a sense of acceptance lingers in the air. At other
times, it will be the chance encounter with a secret place -- perhaps a
grove of trees that promises a mysterious comfort.
In such private places, we can often find peace. Such stillness can
even be precious, as when we notice the deep voice of a stream which we
were always too busy to hear before. Indeed, sometimes we are so worn
out by our daily activities that we forget to notice our need for
Renewal is a profound tonic. With sanctuary and rest, we can prepare
to go forth again.
The series of 11 stones consists of:
Let the meaning of each one, or any personally chosen combination of the pieces help remind you of the things you wish to bring forth into your life. This piece can be set upon a sacred altar, on a mantel, in a planter or terrarium or anywhere one needs the reminder of the stones symbolic meanings in daily life.
Each altar piece is hand formed from premium polymer clay, fired and then hand painted with layered acrylic paints to achieve the stone effect as seen.
The altar stones are just over 2 3/4 high and 1 1/4 inch wide.
Each stone weighs 2 oz.
We can also customize a stone for you if you wish to have another word or affirmation created. Convo us for details and pricing.