Handpainted Original Tibetan Endless Knot Om Tantric Mandala Thangka Painting - Nepal, Bttm-147
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Handpainted Original Tibetan Endless Knot OM Tantric Mandala thangka Painting from Nepal Handpainted Original Tibetan Endless Knot Om Tantric Mandala thangka Painting from Nepal (No frame) This is wonderful original handpainted thangka painting of Endless Knot OM Tantric Mandala from Nepal. Dimensions: Length: 20.75" inch (total) Height: 20.75" inch (total) Borders: 1.65" approx. Actual Paint Area: 17.5" X 17.5" Material: Canvas Color: Pure Natural Mineral Pigments Item: BTTM-147 About Endless Knot OM Tantric Mandala - This is an original Endless Knot Om Tantric Mandala hand-painted Thangka, with the Endless Knot painted in the center & "OM MANI PADME HUM (ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པ་དྨེ་ཧཱུྃ།)" around it. The word "Mandala" in Sanskrit means circle. It represents wholeness, & can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself - a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond & within our bodies & minds. Describing both material & non-material realities, the mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, & moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, & community. in Hinduism & Buddhism, Om (Sanskrit "ॐ"/Tibetan "ཨོཾ ") is one of the most important spiritual symbols that refer to Atman (soul, self within) & Brahman (ultimate reality, entirety of the universe, truth, divine, supreme spirit, cosmic principles, knowledge). Thangka Painting A thangka, also known as tangka, thanka or tanka is a painting on cotton, or silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala of some sort. The thangka is not a flat creation like an oil painting or acrylic painting but consists of a picture panel which is painted or embroidered over which a textile is mounted & then over which is laid a cover, usually silk. Generally, thangkas last a very long time & retain much of their luster, but because of their delicate nature, they have to be kept in dry places where moisture won't affect the quality of the silk. It is sometimes called a scroll-painting. These thangka served as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas & other deities & bodhisattvas. One subject is The Wheel of Life, which is a visual representation of the Abhidharma teachings (Art of Enlightenment). Thangka, when created properly, perform several different functions. Images of deities can be used as teaching tools when depicting the life (or lives) of the Buddha, describing historical events concerning important Lamas, or retelling myths associated with other deities. Devotional images act as the centerpiece during a ritual or ceremony & are often used as mediums through which one can offer prayers or make requests. Overall, & perhaps most importantly, religious art is used as a meditation tool to help bring one further down the path to enlightenment. The Buddhist Vajrayana practitioner uses a



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