Beirut, I Love you
Students painting mantras. Lagos, Nigeria. 2017
Mawadda Mantra (Love). Ink on canvas. 2017
Mantra placement location : Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, India. Site where the Buddha achieved spiritual enlightenment. Placed by S.Anaya.
Gufran mantra (forgiveness) painted by A.George. Left in south India.
Zena presenting Rahma mantra (compassion) to the Venerable Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji in Rishikesh, India. April 2016.
Student Work - Lagos, Nigeria. 2017
Lagos, Nigeria 2017
Gufran mantra (forgiveness) painted by Zena el Khalil. Left in Khiam Prison. 2015.
Young art activist, Lila, hard at work on her Salam mantra (peace). Lagos, Nigeria. 2017
Student work. Lagos, Nigeria. 2017
International Mantra Peace Project
THE INTERNATIONAL MANTRA PEACE PROJECT aims to use mantra and art to create a culture of peace through exchange and sacred sound.
Zena has been working with art and sacred sound to heal lands and communities that have endured great violence, such as wars, massacres and environmental disasters.
Her healing rituals include purification, meditation, chanting, painting and whirling. At the end of a healing ceremony, she leaves a painted mantra on site that serves to keep that place connected to her daily prayers for peace, compassion, love and forgiveness. Since coming to India, she has now started placing these mantras in sacred sites of beautiful energy, to help fuel the grid. The goal is to use these mantras to build an “energetic peace gird" around the world
Select two pre-stenciled mantras. Paint one and give/send to Zena to hang in Lebanon. Take the other home with you and hang it where you think it is needed. Take a photo of the mantra in your location/country and upload to the project’s FB page (Mantra Peace Grid) stating where you placed your mantra and your message to the world. Tag #peacegrid on your social media if you wish. Zena will compile all the data onto a (future coming) website for a more interactive user experience. You can hang the mantra any way you like; a permanent fixture on a wall with glue or rolled up and buried under a tree... the choice is yours to do as you see fit. The only criteria is to hang in a place that you think needs healing OR a place that you think will nourish the grid.
The mantras are written in Arabic and read: love (mawada and oshq), compassion (rahma), forgiveness (gufran), and peace (salam). Zena hopes that having the mantras in Arabic will help create a much needed dialogue between the Middle East and the rest of the world. By chanting the mantras in Arabic, you help direct loving energy to a part of the world that is in great need of healing.
Through your contribution and participation, Zena hopes to build a community of peacemakers who believe in the power of mantra, sacred sound, bearing witness, sharing stories and making art. Thank you...!
Please email your images & stories to: firstname.lastname@example.org OR upload onto the FB Page:
Mantra Peace Grid
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