Thangka Paintings and Why Preserve Them?
Buddhist scroll paintings emerged in India and traveled to almost all of Asia, including Tibet, Sri Lanka, China, Korea, Japan, etc. In Tibet, these paintings arrived around the 7th century A.D., and were known as Thangka Paintings. Thangka Paintings depict Buddhist themes and its beauty and divinity, to which anybody can relate to, is a spiritually elevating experience for mankind!
Thangka Paintings developed and flourished for over a thousand years in Tibet. After the occupation of Tibet in 1959, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, along with many Tibetan people, sought asylum in Dharamsala, situated in the foothills of Himalayas in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Tibetan masters and the artists, who came from Tibet, carried with them the rich tradition of Thangka Paintings that was preserved in Tibet. India became the new soil for the preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist Art and Culture with Dharamsala as its epicenter from where the Buddhist Teachings and Art was to spread to the rest of the world to benefit humanity.
How You Can Help
You can help preserve the ancient Buddhist Painting tradition of Thangka Paintings which lives through the Guru-Shishya Parampara (Master- Student Relationship) by helping us in one or more following ways-
A : SHOP : ARCHIVAL PRINTS
We have transformed many of our most appreciated and revered pieces into High Quality Archival Canvas Prints. The original paintings that are on display at our Himalayan Art Museum and some of our previously commissioned thangka paintings have taken a great deal of effort and years of time to come into being, and are now available as limited edition prints. There are a few originals also available for acquiring.
We offer a wide variety of print sizes, cards, posters etc. You can also choose any framing options from wooden or original genuine silk brocade for your thangka.
B : COMMISSION : MUSEUM QUALITY PAINTINGS
The Artworks commissioned from the Himalayan Art Museum carry the legacy and the 2300 years journey of the Art and the Master Artists! It helps the onlooker, a practitioner, meditator, the artist and the patron- an opportunity to cultivate qualities of love, kindness, compassion, wisdom, perseverance, morality and determination. This results in accumulation of merit and spiritual elevation!
C : COMMISSION : TEMPLE ART
Centre for Living Buddhist Art provides Large Wall size Museum Quality Canvas Prints for Temples and Spiritual Spaces.
These Prints can be pasted on the walls and ceilings, which can be framed in wood on location and also available with Silk Brocades.
Ideal for Buddhist Temples, Monasteries, Nunneries, Spiritual and Meditation Centres and Home Temple spaces.
D : BECOME A PATRON : LIFE OF BUDDHA SERIES
A unique opportunity to become the ‘Patron’ of one or more masterpiece paintings, in the series of 10 paintings, related to the Life Story of Buddha (a dream project of Master Locho and Dr Sarika Singh), depicted through the Indian and Tibetan stylistic tradition. Master Locho and Dr. Sarika Singh aims to create the highest quality artwork involving thorough research, meticulous details and documentation These works would be created using authentic methods, materials, techniques and technology.
The paintings once created will belong to the center and shall be placed at Himalayan Art Museum in the Buddha Gallery with due mention of the patrons supporting this project. You can choose to sponsor a single thangka or the entire set of 10 paintings if your heart so wishes.
We are currently in need of any and all support we can get to realise this divine dream.
E : SUPPORT THE PRESERVATION & DOCUMENTATION OF THE ANCIENT TRADITION OF BUDDHIST PAINTINGS
We have been actively working on preservation of this tradition through Documenting the entire process of creation, through each meticulous step and bringing the minutest details and intricacy to the entire world through film and photography. We are in need of financial support for this initiative since the equipment to be used is required to be high end and expensive due to the nature of the paintings.
We are at a stage where we need to go as close as possible to the experience of an artist to create online thangka courses scheduled to be released soon.