Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting

Introduction to Dharmapala Thangka Centre

Sri Yantra Mandala

The Dharmapala Thangka Centre is a thangka painting school with an experience of over 30 years in the art of traditional thangka painting. In recent years, the artists of the Centre have participated in numerous international exhibitions. Thangkas are painted in the heart of Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal by ancient iconographic documents of Tibetan Buddhism thangkas in detail and refinement, as they are very hard to find in other places. Dharmapala Centre is the institution affiliated with a monastic tradition of the northern Buddhist artisans of Nepal, dedicated towards the field of preservation and promotion of the rule of Lamaistic Thangka painting.

Dharmapala centre was established under the rule and regulation of the HMG Nepal in 1982 A.D. The centre was culturally and spiritually patron by the Late [Nyigma-pa] lama Pemagyalpo [tamang] [1902-99]. Late Lama Pemagyalpo Tamang was guardian and inspiration of this Thangka painting institution. Pemagyalpo himself was a householder tantric Buddhist priest with his dynamic knowledge of artistic skill and talents. This institute was formed under the presidency of Yubaraj lama with parallel leadership of Karsang Lama as a chief artist, third generation world-renowned experts in Thangka painting.

Although originated in India and Nepal since 1970, low-quality Tibetan scroll paintings [especially for tourists] were painted. These paintings were mass produced, therefore the quality of the paintings was very poor; Iconographic correctness could not be taken. It would only take a few days to finish one painting. Thangkas from Dharmapala Centre, however, sometimes need 12 months or more to complete. "Chief Artist" Karsang Lama, a world-renowned, third generation painter has his every thangka created under his supervision in strict compliance with the traditional basics.

Sri Yantra Mandala

How to order thangka?

If you are interested in ordering thangkas from Dharmapala Thangka Centre, you have two options: You can choose one of the Thangkas posted on this site. If you're lucky, it is immediately available, otherwise, it can be custom made for you on request in Kathmandu and then we will inform you of the date of availability.

You can also order a "personal" Thangka to be painted especially for you in Nepal. For this, we need a color photograph, a color copy, a sourcebook, exhibition catalog, calendar or similar.

Production time

Thangkas from the Dharmapala Centre are individual works of art that cannot be produced in mass production in a short time. Therefore, one painting takes between 3 to 18 months, or even longer to be completed. The completion time depends on the size, the contents and the embodiment of the thangka painting. Red [Marthang] and black [Nakthang] thangkas are more complicated than colored pieces. Goldgreen [Gserthang] thangkas take even longer. To give you an idea of the progress of your order during the waiting period, you will receive approximately every four weeks recordings from the painting workshop.


Each thangkas comes with a detailed description, which provides information on production, iconographic content and its significance.

1000 Amitayus Buddhas


Depending on the quality, size, and type, the prices of the thangkas are from US $ 300.00 to more than US $ 10,000.00 US $ , sometimes even more. Please inquire us and we will assist you.

Return Policy

If you do not like a purchased thankga painting, of course you have a right to return, this also applies to commissioned works.

Brocade Mounting

Each thangka can be provided with brocade frame. Your Thangka is consecrated in your order, if necessary, in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu in a Puja. A consecration inscription can be mounted on the back, in a request with your name in Tibetanscript.

Additional Information

Please visit the numerous pages of this website. And inquire us or call us if questions remain unanswered. We will do our best to assist you.

Donation to a children charity project in Nepal

10% of the purchase price of each painting sold is donated to a children care organization, the Association for ChildrenĀ“s Care and Education, which located in Kathmandu and managed by the German Association for ChildrenĀ“s Care and Education