Avalokiteshvara, known as Chenrezig in Tibet, is renowned as the embodiment of the compassion of all the buddhas. According to legend, Avalokiteshvara made a vow to not rest until he had liberated all beings from suffering and helped them find true and lasting peace. His mantra, om mani padme hum, is the most oft-recited mantra in Tibet.
Thangka Quality: Master
Canvas size: 16″ x 22″
Brocade Size: 27″ x 46″
What is a thangka?
A thangka is a Tibetan painting that is traditionally used as a support for one’s meditation practice. The imagery depicted in Tibetan paintings provides a guide for the elaborate visualizations that one does in Tibetan Buddhist practice. In Tibetan homes and monasteries, thangkas are considered sacred objects and are often placed above shrines.
Where was this thangka made?
All our thangkas were handpainted by the Lama family, a group of Buddhist artisans residing in Kathmandu, Nepal. The small workshop where the Lamas create their works of art is located in an area named Boudhanath, which is the main Tibetan refugee settlement in Nepal and one of the most sacred pilgrimage spots in the Buddhist world. Over the years, the Lamas have established themselves as one of the most successful groups of Buddhist artists in Nepal. Pilgrims and tourists come from all over the world to buy their Buddhist art.
What kind of materials are used in this thangka?
Thangkas are painted on cotton canvas with water-soluble pigments. The pigments used are often derived from minerals and organic materials and are tempered with a herb and glue solution (known in the West as a “distemper technique”). This thangka is framed in silk brocade and has a silk cover, which may be lowered over the image to protect it from sunlight.
Note: Actual colors of this thangka may contain slight variations, as each image is unique.