Wheel of life
Size: 38*30 cm
This is Wheel of life thangka which made on Rincheling thangka gallery and art school, where have mostly are Girls artist who are comes from different hills area of Nepal. This is 18days work of thangka. This thangka made on cotton canvas colors used natural stone color and 24k gold. To prepare canvas used natural clay with glue. So, canvas is very strong and very soft. Sketch part done by Tashi lama, which is very important part for each and every thangkas. If sketch is not good proportion, then thangka is not good, so our thangka is different then market thangkas. after sketch start to color where we used natural stone color which we import from Tibet. After color making very thin and soft color lining which also very important. Then used 24 caret gold carving. And face is making end of time, before start to make face have to get permission from high lama which date and time is suitable to open the eyes. Without permission if open the eyes of deities that is not good to used for worships, prey and meditation.
In our school each and every artist are doing meditation almost 15-20 minutes, which are very important to crate compassion and positive energy. Then start to make the thangkas sits on east direction, because direction is also very important to crate the good thangka. If artist sits on wrong direction, when make thangka then it crate negative energy for the users. So, in our school followed all rules and regulation to crate thangka. when people used thangkas it will crate compassion, love, positive vibes.
And sale of 45% is goes to all of the artist of Rincheling art school who comes from different hills area of Nepal. Nepal is still under Developing country where mostly girls are out of education and jobs, so it makes very hard life in rural area where no roads no electricity. So we are collecting the artist from rural area and giving opportunity became self-dependent in there’s life.
The Four Circles:
First: The innermost of the 4 concentric circles shows a pig (ignorance), snake (anger) and a rooster (desire) circling on a dark background. They are often shown biting on each others tail.
Second: The next circle, made of a white half and a black half, shows those individuals that have performed meritorious actions (good karma) moving upwards in the circle of existence and those having performed bad actions moving downward, naked, led by red and green attendants of the Lord of Death.
Third: The widest of the circles is that of the six realms of existence; god, asura (anti-gods), human, animal, ghost (preta) and hell. Each segregated by a red dividing line. At the top is the Realm of the Gods highlighted by a heavenly being, the god Shakra (Indra), in a palace playing a stringed instrument. Some traditions explain that the god Indra depicted in this way is an emanation of Shakyamuni Buddha. To the right is the Asura Realm, a lower form of the gods that are always engaged in conflict. To the left is the Human Realm and below that is the Animal Realm. To the lower right is the Realm of ghosts (preta). At the bottom is the Hell Realm with a central blue figure, wrathful, holding a stick in the right hand and a mirror in the left. This is Yama Dharmaraja, the Lord of the Dead, King of Judgment (the Law of Karma). This form of Yama is a not the same entity as the Buddhist Tantric protector Yama Dharmaraja. Yama in the hell realm holds a mirror to reflect those actions (and consequences) performed by each individual that comes before him. In each realm the various beings are portrayed engaged in their respective activities along with the occasional buddha or bodhisattva.
The twelve causal links, paired with their corresponding symbols, are:
- Avidyā lack of knowledge – a blind person, often walking, or a person peering out
- Saṃskāra constructive volitional activity – a potter shaping a vessel or vessels
- Vijñāna consciousness – a man or a monkey grasping a fruit
- Nāmarūpa name and form (constituent elements of mental and physical existence) – two men afloat in a boat
- Ṣaḍāyatana six senses (eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind) – a dwelling with six windows
- Sparśa contact – lovers consorting, kissing, or entwined
- Vedanā pain – an arrow to the eye
- Tṛṣṇa thirst – a drinker receiving drink
- Upādāna grasping – a man or a monkey picking fruit
- Bhava coming to be – a couple engaged in intercourse, a standing, leaping, or reflective person
- Jāti being born – woman giving birth
- Jarāmaraṇa old age and death – corpse being carried