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by Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche


The Dzogchen lineage of Pema Sangtik. At the center is Padmasambhava in union with his consort Mandarava. He holds a vajra in his right hand in the subjugation mudra and the vase of immortality in his left. His consort holds the long-life vase in her left hand and long-life banner in her right. Dharma protectors and gift-bearing dakinis surround them. Directly above the Guru are Avalokiteshvara and Amitabha Buddha, surrounded by Pema Shantik lineage masters. 

A new book on the beauty and meaning of

thangka painting in English and Chinese

The Art of Thangka: A Himalayan Spiritual Legacy, by His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche, is an oversized coffee table book on a rare collection of Tibetan Buddhist thangka paintings from Nepal and Bhutan. The book showcases an extensive collection of paintings, most of which were selected from a renowned Nepali thangka painting family in Kathmandu, Nepal. A description of each deity accompanies the paintings.

Rinpoche explains the profound essence of thangka painting and how the presence of thangkas can sanctify one’s home and enhance one’s own spiritual life. The text and reproductions are punctuated with inspiring and insightful teachings from Rinpoche's book, Living Fully: Finding Joy in Every Breath. 

In conjunction with the publication of this book, Wencheng Gongzhu International Foundation will organize thangka exhibitions in major cities and art centers around the world. The launch of the book and first exhibition will take place this coming Autumn in Beijing, China. At these exhibitions everyone will have the pleasure of viewing these beautiful and sacred works of art, and also have the opportunity to invite them into their homes. The Art of Thangka: A Himalayan Spiritual Legacy will enhance their understanding and deepen their appreciation of the sacred art of thangka and rich tradition of Tibetan Buddhism .

"It is beneficial to maintain a positive attitude by living artfully. This is the significance of the brightness of thangka.  You will never find thangkas that are drab or somber. This kind of colorful art touches the inner core of your heart. That which invokes your unconditional heart is the most priceless work of art."

 -- Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche

A Himalayan Spiritual Legacy

The Art of Thangka