Art Exhibit

Nepalese painter, Tashi Gurung and Tibetan Thangkas

In this exhibit, we'll present the Tibetan Art of Thangkas and Mandalas by the Nepalese master thangka artist, Tashi Gurung.

See Tashi's work in person starting at our opening reception on Saturday, May 13th.

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Tashi at work

THANGKA ART

Tibetan Buddhist paintings on cotton, silk appliquรฉ, or rice paper usually depict a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. The thangka form developed alongside the tradition of Tibetan Buddhist wall paintings, which are or were mostly in monasteries in the Himalayas.

A mandala is a geometric configuration of symbols. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing the mind and attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. A mandala generally represents the spiritual journey through several layers, starting from the outside to the inner core.

Tashi Gurung starts off the thangka painting by preparing the cotton canvas. First, the canvas is carefully stretched on the wooden stretcher frame. Then, the canvas is sized with a solution of Yak hide glue to stiffen it. After it dries, a layer of gesso (white clay mixed with the skin glue) is applied and left to dry in the sun. Finally, Tashi polishes the surface with a polishing stone to make a clean, smooth surface ready for painting.

Mineral Pigments used for Thangka

For traditional Mustang Thangkas, Tashi uses local mineral pigments sourced from semiprecious stones. These are ground to powder for three months, and then mixed with Yak-skin glue and water. 24-carat gold is used in some Thangkas as well.

Azurite

Orpiment

Malachite

Ochre

Chalk

Minium

Charcoal

Realgar

Lapis Lazuli

Cinnabar

Gold

Crocoite

WHEEL OF LIFE (BHAVACAKRA)

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KALACHAKRA MANDALA

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Life of Buddha

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THE PATH TO NIRVANA

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Mantra Mandala

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MANTRA MANDALA OM WITH EIGHT AUSPICIOUS SYMBOLS

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Thousand Buddhas

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Pancha Buddha Mandala

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