- Tsongkhapa (1357–1419) is a well-known Tibetan religious philosopher. In this thangka painting Tsongkhapa has the appearance of a monastic scholar with the typical yellow hat of the Gelug tradition and the orange robes with patchworks decorated with gold. He is depicted performing Dharmachakra mudra, the gesture of Dharma teaching with both hands at the heart, while holding the stems of two lotus flowers supporting on his left the book of Prajnaparamita sutra and on his right a sword, weapon of the Bodhisattva Manjushri and symbol of wisdom. Tsongkhapa is the father of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism and considered one of the greatest Buddhist teachers in history. During his life he traveled extensively in search of knowledge, studying with more than 100 teachers of all the existing traditions and famous disciplines like the six yogas of Naropa, the Kalachakra Tantra, Mahamudra and Dzogchen.
- Embroidered Fabric Budda Mounted Tibetan Thangka
- Mineral Pigment
- High Precision Painting
- Size: 88.5x130cm
- Whats Included: 1 x ODOROKU Tsongkhapa Embroidered Fabric Mounted Tibetan Thangka 宗喀巴大师唐卡
A thangka, variously spelt as thangka, tangka, thanka, or tanka: is a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton, silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. Thangkas are traditionally kept unframed and rolled up when not on display, mounted on a textile backing somewhat in the style of Chinese scroll paintings, with a further silk cover on the front. So treated, thangkas can last a long time, but because of their delicate nature, they have to be kept in dry places where moisture will not affect the quality of the silk.Thangka serve as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas and other deities and bodhisattvas. One subject is The Wheel of Life (Bhavachakra), which is a visual representation of the Abhidharma teachings (Art of Enlightenment).
The history of Buddhism in Tibet has been turbulent, going through periods of revival and decline. Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was a Buddhist scholar and saint who lived in Tibet during a time when Buddhist teachings had degenerated. Through deep study, profound practice and high attainments, Tsongkhapa led a renaissance of pure Buddhist teachings by emphasizing study, morality and distilling the best teachings from the existing schools of Buddhism in Tibet and from Indian Buddhist masters. His teachings became the basis for the establishment of the Gelug monastery, a monastic institution which survives to this day although it has since relocated to South India.Revered as an emanation of the three great Bodhisattvas; Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Vajraprani, Tsongkhapa embodied the respective profound qualities of enlightened compassion, wisdom and spiritual power of all three Beings.