Oregon woman to auction 108 Buddha paintings for granddaughter’s medical bills

A woman in Ashland, Oregon, has found a unique way to diminish the grief of suddenly losing her son to a heart attack at 22, and to raise money for medical bills currently piling up for a granddaughter struggling with a rare illness: painting 108 images of the Buddha that she plans to auction off later this month.

A grief-stricken Sandy Rouse took five years to accomplish the paintings, finding inspiration when reading Eat, Pray, Love, attending a dinner with H.H. the Dalai Lama, and looking more closely on her own at what the Buddha taught:

“The main thing she has learned from being so focused on Buddha, said Rouse, is his central teaching that all attachment leads to suffering, including her attachment to her late son. Letting her paintings go, she added, also is a practice on that path.”

Rouse’s granddaughter, Katelyn, has Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome, an incurable illness described by the Mayo Clinic as “a malformation found at birth (congenital) involving abnormal development of blood vessels, soft tissues and bones.” Costly surgeries are required to correct or manage these malformations.

Rouse will exhibit her paintings for silent auction bidding November 23 at the Ashland Armory. All proceeds will be donated to Katelyn’s surgical fund. Click here to read the full story.