Each of the wooden sculptures in the Center represent one of our four pillars: environment, peace making and effective communication, arts and culture, and inner work and development. They are oriented facing the four cardinal directions and are associated with different parts of the world. All four sculptures are made out of a walnut tree. They are meant to wade off evil and help maintain peace in the Center for Living Peace.
East: Sekhmet, Egypt
Sekhmet is a lion-headed goddess who is known as one of the oldest deities of ancient Egypt. A goddess of war and peace, and healing; she represents the East as a sun goddess with a solar disk on her head, as the sun rises from the East.
West: Snow Lion, Tibet
Arts & Culture
The snow lion is used as the national emblem in Tibet. It represents cheerfulness and a mind free of doubt. Snow lions are seen as the playful protectors and guardians of children. Snow lions were also known to be protectors of the Buddhist temples. The symbol of the snow lion has also been adopted in the western cultures.
North: Raven, North American
Peace Making & Effective Communication
Ancient holy men of the North-American tribes would call upon the raven to help seek clarity and truth behind what the physical eye sees. The raven is believed to be the bearer of magic and healing powers, and is known for long-distance healing. They are also widely used as a totem animal, a guide for humans through the physical and spiritual world.
South: Dragon, Eastern and Western Cultures
Inner work & Development
Dragons have roles in both Western and Eastern cultures and mythologies. They are symbols of wisdom and longevity in Eastern philosophy, popular for their power over the universe and force of nature. In western mythology, they are seen more as mystical creatures, described for their creature-like characteristics as sea serpents. For the Center for Living Peace, however, dragons are seen as a peaceful meeting between the east and the west.
Want to take a closer look at these majestic pieces of art? Our upcoming program schedule is available on our website, or simply stop by for a visit.
Peace Grl Out!