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Meditation and health: Four-Arm Guanyin Bodhisattva Golden Thangka

Sadaksari-Lokeshvara Surrounded by Manifestations and Monks (Avalokiteshvara) Tibet. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Portrait of the Indian Monk Atisha Dipankara Early 12th C. Tibet, organic pigment and gold on cloth.

Portrait of the Indian Monk Atisha Dipankara - Early Century, Tibet, Organic pigment and gold on cloth

This palm leaf manuscript illustration was done in the 12th century at one of the great monastic centers in North India.  This Green Tara, shown bestowing boons, is only 2 ¼ inches tall.  It is amazing how the artist has managed to subtly depict this dynamic figure in great detail.  Such imagery went on to have a great impact on the emerging painting traditions of Tibet.

Ashtamahabhaya Tara, Tibet, Reting Monastery, century Mineral and organic pigments on cloth, 48 × 31 in.

Marpa lotsawa

Marpa and Milarepa, guru and student -the two most famous Tibetan yogis of the Kagyu lineage, painted Thangka century.

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tricycle-tumbles: 100 different narratives in a single painting…Himalayan art scholar Jeff Watt explains in this week’s Himalayan Buddhist Art

Painting of the 24 Buddhas of the Past. In Thailand, there are 24 named Buddhas who became enlightened before Gotama, the historical Buddha. In this painting, each one sits flanked by his two main disciples. Donors commissioned such paintings to hang in temples to beautify the space and honour the Buddha, in addition to promoting the religion and creating merit. 1800s, Thailand. Pigment on cloth and paper. 1959,1010,0.10. Funded by the Brooke Sewell Permanent Fund.

In Thailand, there are 24 named Buddhas who became enlightened before Gotama, the historical Buddha. In this painting, each one sits flanked by his two main disciples.

Mandala of the Sun God Surya This superb mandala is devoted to the solar deity Surya and bears a date most likely read as 1379, making it one of only two known Nepalese paintings of the fourteenth century. It carries the name of both the principal donor and the artist—the latter an extremely rare occurrence in Himalayan art—and declares that it was painted when the donor performed a ceremony so that he might be forgiven for negative karma. This ritual is depicted in the bottom register, with…

Mandala of the Sun God Surya. This superb mandala is devoted to the solar deity Surya and bears a date most likely read as making it one of only two known Nepalese paintings of the fourteenth century

Ratnasambhava, Buddha of the Southern Pure Land, 11th Century, Tibet

Ratnasambhava, the Buddha of the Southern Pure Land, Tibet, late Century Mineral and organic pigments on cloth, Image: 30 × 22 in.

This black-ground painting is a visualization image of Mahakala as Panjarantha, the enlightened protector of Buddhism. He tramples a male corpse beneath his feet and displays a flaying knife (kartrika) in his right hand and a skull cup (kapala) in his left, implements for cutting through delusions and ignorance

Mahakala, Protector of the Tent Date: ca. 1650 Culture: Tibet Medium: Distemper and gold on blue silk Dimensions: Image: 29 x 20 in. x cm) Classification: Paintings

Thousand-Armed Chenresi, a Cosmic Form of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

Thousand-Armed Chenresi, a Cosmic Form of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara Photo © Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Buddha Amitayus Attended by Bodhisattvas. Tibet, 11th or early 12th century. Mineral and organic pigments on cloth. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1989 (1989.284)  Though stylistically distinct, this painting of the Buddha Amitayus can be related to the Drathang wall painting. Amitayus is here shown as a massive, introspective figure sitting in a perfect state of meditation. He wears a jeweled crown with fluttering ribbons, and his many necklaces,  by Kurt Behrendt

The Buddha Amitayus Attended by Bodhisattvas Date: or early century Culture: Tibet Medium: Distemper on cloth Dimensions: Overall: 54 x 41 in.

The essence of the thunderbolt  Thangka of Mandala of Vajrasattva  18th century, Tibet

The essence of the thunderbolt Thangka of Mandala of Vajrasattva century, Tibet

Shadakshari Lokeshvara with Deities and Monks, late 15th century Tibet #Tibetan #Thangka

Sadaksari-Lokeshvara Surrounded by Manifestations and Monks (Avalokiteshvara) Tibet. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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