The Buddha himself is centre stage in a burnished blue, red, and gold thangka
surrounded by Hindu gods.
The first phase of the practice consists of observational meditation sessions in which the practitioner intensively observes a model of one of a number of versions of the Kalachakra mandala, which may be a 3D model composed of wood, stone, or other materials; may be a sand mandala; or may be a thangka
(composed on cotton, silk applique, or other material).
Led by a fanfare of pipes and bugles, monks buckle under the weight of the rolled-up 45m Thangka
tapestry, with crowds clamouring to touch the 18th century holy relic.
Activities include guest speakers Tulku Jigme Rinpoche and Jim Morris, live music, a Tibetan Thangka
display, a silent auction including Thangkas
and other Tibetan art, slide show and community and Buddhist interactive tables.
It kicked off at Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery of Tibetan Buddhism's Gelug Sect, where a 40-meter-long thangka
painting of the Buddha was exhibited.
On the second day, the monks continue their traditional performances on various instruments, put on exhibition the Thangka
painting of silk patchwork of great Gyelsey Rinpoche.
The 10ft by 6ft 9in Mahayana Buddhist artwork, known as a thangka
, dates back to the Ming dynasty.
The 10ft by 6ft 9in Mahayana Buddhist artwork - known as a thangka
- dates back to the Ming dynasty and had been expected by experts to fetch just PS6.
scrolls serve as a codified medical text, elucidating the Tibetan science of healing with a compendium of plants, medicinal herbs, and minerals needed for their pharmacology practices.
Zheng Guogu contributed new thangka
and chakra paintings on canvas, while his Yang jiang Group installed an alcove in which to sip tea, inhale incense, and otherwise remain out of sight--a far cry from its infamous gambling and philandering performance events, but perhaps a more mature gesture.
The Tibetan government in exile, Central Tibetan administration (CTA) organised an exhibition of traditional Thangka
paintings and Tibetan self-immolators.
Among them are the bark-cloth table mats and paintings with village life motifs produced by artists from Uganda as well as Thangka
paintings from Bhutan and Warli paintings from India.