46” x 32” Tsongkhapa Thangka
Tsongkhapa was born in Tibet in the middle of the fourteen century and it is said that the tree which overshadowed the house in which he was born had the imprint of a Buddha on its leaves.
Tsongkhapa lived in the 14th century A.D. in the Amdo province of Tibet. Tsongkhapa was born in Tibet in the middle of the fourteen century and it is said that the tree which overshadowed the house in which he was born had the imprint of a Buddha on its leaves. Tsongkhapa was Northern Buddhist reformer. He was the founder and reformer of Gelugpa sect. He founded the Gelugpa sect which became very popular in Tibet and has remained the most important sect upto the present day. He is regarded as an incarnation of Manjushri who is the embodiment of wisdom. Lord Buddha had prophesied that Sumati would come to Tibet and diffuse his doctrine there. He obtained the ordination of monk hood in his early age and commenced to study Buddha's doctrine. He traveled to central Tibet for higher education on Buddha's teachings. He deeply studied both Sutra and Tantra for many years. Randawa was his chief teacher, from whom he specially learnt Madhyamika philosophy expounded by Nagarjuna. He composed many books on Sutra and Tantra in which he tried to explicate the important and knotted points. He emphasized the doctrine of relativity as taught by Lord Buddha. The void and relativity are the two different faces of the same reality which are the ultimate nature of the phenomena. Dbu Mai Ltava is the main conception of Gelugpa order founded by Tsongkhapa. The wisdom of the emptiness is called the central view or Dbu Mai Ltava. It avoids two extreme views, viz. Nihilism and externalism. Both are the main obstructions in achieving the perfection. These two extreme views can be eradicated through the mediation of Dbu Mai Ltava.
Thangka is traditionally framed in borders of silk brocade. The brocade frame of the Thangka also holds symbolic meaning. The inner frame of brocade (often red) can be thought of as a rainbow gateway beyond which lies the pure land inhabited by the deity the Thangka represents. Attached to the top of the frame is a rectangle of colored silk which is long enough to hang all the way down to the bottom of the painting. This acts as a cover for the Thankga and allows it to be 'put to sleep' when it is not in use, as well as acting as a protective dust cover to keep the painting safe when it is stored. This material is usually woven in China and can use either Chinese motifs or more rarely nowadays traditional Tibetan designs. The finished painting is sewn within a brocade frame and finished with ribbons and silk to protect the image.
This Tsongkhapa Thangka Painting is wonderfully painted. The details of this Tsongkhapa Thangka Painting is painted so finely that even the very small parts and portion of this Thangka Painting can clearly be seen and makes this Tsongkhapa Thangka Painting so beautiful and special. Besides this Tsongkhapa Thangka Painting is framed in silk brocade which makes it more protective while storing and can be used in monastery and other ritual purpose.