March – Buddhism Weekend in The Netherlands

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Flag Painting Project at Museum Volkenkunde

On March 19 +20 the annual Buddhism Weekend was held at Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden (the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, The Netherlands).
I was asked to design, organize and coordinate a wonderful project with he visitors of the weekend, painting a 4.30 meter long Buddha flag. This flag is part of a larger painting project of five colored flags that symbolize the Five Buddha Families.

Girls are applying gold paint to the flag of the blue Buddha Akshobhya. That’s why the basic color of this flag is blue.

About 100 people have been working on the Buddha flag this weekend. Some just painted a little strike and stayed for 5 minutes, others painted much more and stayed over an hour. There was a great atmosphere and lovely conversations between the painters.
On the far right of the picture above stands Romeo
, Carmen’s main assistant.

 Everybody enjoyed, whether they were young or old, male or female.

This flag is part of a series of 5 Buddha flags that are connected to the 5 Buddha Families.
The first flag, the red flag of Buddha Amitabha, was painted by the visitors of the Buddhism Weekend in 2015. 

The next flag, the white flag of Vairochana, will be painted with visitors of the World Fair on May 16, 2016, in the garden of Museum Volkenkunde.
You are very welcome to join!