Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting

1.45 Life of Buddha [9]

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Shakyamuni Buddha Scenes from the Buddha's Life illustrate the twelve major acts of a Buddha, as well as his interactions with members of the Sangha; scenes from the Jatakas, or birth stories, recall events in the Buddhas past lives as a Bodhisattva.

These paintings reveal the operation of karma, the value of virtuous action, the nature of compassion, and the attitudes that support the path to enlightenment.

  1. Reception
  2. Birth of Buddha
  3. Education of Buddha
  4. Life in the royal palace
  5. The Great Departure
  6. Escape

  7. Austerities
  8. Enlightenment
  9. The Subjugation of Mara
  10. Doctrine
  11. Miracles
  12. Paranirvana

The Buddha Shakyamuni, the prince who renounced his kingdom to attain perfect awakening for the benefit of all beings in the ‘dark age’ of the resent world-system, is generally thought to have lived in the 5th-6th centuries B.C.E., although traditional Tibetan calculations tended to fix the date much earlier. The Shakya kingdom to which he was heir lay in the sub-Himalayan Terai plain of north India, in an area bi-sected by the southern border of modern Nepal.

The depiction of the lives of supreme spiritual masters as an enumeration of great deeds is a time-honoured convention in Tibetan tradition, with antecedents in Indian civilization. The designs used for this painting have been adapted from the definitive series of nine xylographed wood blocks commissioned for and formerly kept in the great painting house at Derge Gon-chen in east Tibet.

These blocks were copied from drawings by the master –artist Drupa-tsang Purba Tsering of Chamdo, a famous exponent of the ‘New Menri’ style, whose career spanned the turn of the 20th century. Like so many other Tibetan artefacts, they are assumed to have perished after the Communist invasion of the 1950s, but copies were reproduced in exile by the great eighth Khamtrul Rinpoche Don-gyu Nyima, in the late 1960s.

The verses of praise, which are well-known in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, are attributed to the founder of the Drikung Kahgyu tradition Je Jikten Sumgon Rinchen Pel [1143-1217].

Measurements: 65 x 41.7 " | 165 x 106 cm
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