Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting

3.27 Vajradhara [3]

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The principal form of religious painting in Nepal consists of images of deities known aus "paubhas". Similar to thangkas, they are much rarer.

The paubha is the precursor of Tibetan thanka painting in Nepal. Intricate floriate decoration may be regarded as a hallmark of Nepali paubhas. Furthermore strong, contrasting colors are a typical characteristic for this kind of painting. The influence of Tibetan painting also shows in treatment of figures and landscapes and, sometimes, in the choice of subject as well.

The Nepalese paubha presented an inseparable part of Nepalese life. They are created by artists of the Newar. The Newars constitute the important ethnic group in the Kathmandu valley. They are are rich in culture and famous for their craftsmanship. There are many artistic pagodas, monuments and old palaces in the Kathmandu valley built by the Newars.

Vajradhara is an emanation of Adibuddha, considered by some to be the highest deity of the Buddhist Pantheon in Vajrayana Buddhism, and its source. He is the prime Buddha of the Father tantras such as Guhyasamaja, Yamantaka, and so on. Tantras are texts specific to Tantrism and are believed to have been originally taught by the Tantric form of Sakyamuni called Vajradhara.

Furthermore he is the central figure in the Refuge Tree of Kagyupa lineage. He is the Tantric form of Shakyamuni and his name means the bearer of the thunderbolt. Vajradhara embodies the primordial awakened mind and many Tantric teachings are attributed to him. He is an expression of Buddhahood itself in both single and yabyum form. He is depicted with his arms crossed on his chest, holding a dorje and a ghanta [bell].

Measurements: 18.1 x 23.6" | 46 x 60 cm
Price: on request
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany or Nepal
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Material: Natural Stone Colors