Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting

1.12 Buddha's Temptation [1]

Buddha & Mara

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Buddha defeating the devil Mara

This Thangka depicts the Historical Buddha Shakyamuni, being attacked by Mara [The symbol for passions and desires that overwhelm men, Tib.: bDud].

As Shakyamuni strove for final enlightenment Mara saw that if this would be accomplished his hold over men would be broken and the Buddha would be able to show men the WAY that liberates from suffering. Mara tried to distract Shakyamuni by sending hordes of demons to torment him but he did not fear them.

When that failed Mara sent his most beautifull daughter to seduce him but as she stands before Shakyamuni she is seen to be a ugly hag, where-upon Mara admits absolute defeat.

Shakyamuni moved his right [bhumisparsa mudra] hand from his lap to touch the ground, stating "the earth is my whitnnes". This act of unwavering resolve caused Mara and his army of demons and temptresses to disperse, and Shakyamuni then experience his great enlightenment.

Other Versions:
- Red Background
- First color version
- Second Color Version

Measurements: 18.9 x 29.1" | 48 x 74 cm
Price: on request
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany or Nepal
Color: Black Background
Material: Natural Stone Colors