Avalokiteshvara Mandala Painted Thangka
Thangka with brocade border 39x34inches (100x87cms)
Thangka without brocade border 18x18inches (45x45cms)
Please inquire if you wish to order without the brocade border.
A Mandala is a visual representation of the abode of deity or god. However, the appearance of the abode of a deity is said to depend on the mind of the one who is viewing it, so this depiction is merely how it would appear to human beings.
With the aid of initiation from a lineage holder and correct practice, it is possible to actually enter into the mandala and it becomes as a vehicle of enlightenment. However, even glimpsing the mandala is said to create a positive effect on the
mind-stream of the viewer.
The Mandala of Avalokiteshvara – the deity of compassion– is a physical manifestation of the heavenly realm of Potala. Its appearance here is a two-dimensional rendering of an actual structure that is shaped like a pyramid. Each aspect of the mandala represents a physical feature of the abode, as well as an aspect of the enlightened mind. Of these, the first floor and the outermost square represents the qualities
of a Buddha’s bodily activities. The four doorways represent the Four Immeasurable Thoughts: love, compassion, joy, and equanimity. The second floor is that of his speech, the floor above that of his mind, while the last floor – depicted as the
smallest innermost square – represents the fully enlightened intelligence. At the pyramid’s pinnacle, upon a blossoming lotus, stands white thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara. The entire mandala is surrounded by a vajra fence, which protects the
abode and burns away delusions and the darkness of ignorance.
Each Thangka is created using traditional methods and strictly adhering to the proportions of deities as they are laid down in Buddhist scripture. The colors are natural, extracted from plants and minerals, and adorned with 24k gold paint. Each piece is witness to a unique tradition that survives intact to this day.