Thangka Depicting Meditation Journey
Painted in Nepal using the traditional Tibetan style of painting using ground mineral pigment on cotton or silk, these beautiful Thangkas function as one of the principle meditational tools in Buddhist practice. They usually depict a central Buddhist deity or teacher surrounded by associated gods and lineage figures, describes events or myths attributed to important religious teachers, or outlines the blueprint of a particular deity’s realm as a mandala.
This tangka is a vibrant representation of meditation instructions. In the painting, the practitioner is represented by a monk, effort is represented by fire, and the mind is an elephant. As the monk embarks along the path, first he is chasing the elephant, which is all black (representing lethargy) and is being terrorized by a monkey (representing distraction). Yet as the monk moves forward, guided by the flame of effort, he is able to catch the elephant and it sheds its lethargic tendencies. The monkey can’t keep up. Eventually the monk is able to ride the elephant of his own mind and no longer needs the flame.
Approximate dimensions: Height: 32cm, Width: 25cm.