This spring's cover shows a brushstroke painting from the Skydancer Series by Cynthia Moku. "These brushstroke paintings began as a study for me, an exploration in precision and grace. Skydancers are wisdom women in Vajrayana Buddhism. They can be wise fierce crones (like the mahasiddha Naropa's teacher) or youthful dynamic skydancers. They deliver the uncompromising truth in the moment, just as initiating a brushstroke delivers the flight of the moment—a light swiftness of expression that has the possibility to reflect qualities of balance, beauty, and power."
Cynthia Moku designed and implemented Naropa's BA in Visual Arts degree program in 1994. Cynthia served as chair of the department during its initial formative years. She remains at Naropa University as a senior adjunct professor, teaching in the visual arts and MA & BA psychology and religious studies programs. Cynthia paints traditional Shambhala and Buddhist iconography for the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, son and spiritual heir to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Naropa's founder. Denver Art Museum's permanent collection of Buddhist Art holds a large thangka painting of the Protector Mahakala painted by Cynthia. Consecrated by HH the XIV Dalai Lama, it is the first traditional Buddhist painting acquired by a major American museum stating, "Country of Origin: The United States of America."