Thangka paintings

A thangka is a Tibetan Buddhist painting usually depicting a Buddhist deity.


“Traditionally, Tibetan monks and lamas used the thangkas to instruct the Buddhist Dharma teachings to the (mainly nomadic) population. As they are scroll paintings, they were easily transported and unrolled, for example in a village far from the monastery. The villagers would gather in the main square around the lama, who would point (with a stick) at the different parts of the thangka and to illustrate his stories.”

We saw thangka paintings at the Tibetan hospital. They showed so much information about the body, ways of diagnosing problems and treatments. It was fascinating.

The thangka master spoke with us about his art. He has five apprentices. One of our group members asked about the paintbrushes and the master gave him a brush.


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