THANGKAS: CHARITABLE DONATION SCHEME
These Thangkas are not for sale, but will be given to individuals and organisations who support by donation, The Dharma
Fellowship Hermitage Meditation Retreat on Denman Island, Canada, or the sponsorship programs for Tibetan refugee children and monks administered by the Dharma Fellowship. You will make your donation directly to 'The Hermitage' so you'll have no doubt that all of it is going to the cause that we are supporting. For our part we are donating the print. If you are interested in having us stretch your Thangka please contact us for a quote.
If you would like to know more about this donation scheme and receiving a Thangka please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about The Hermitage and to make a donation please visit www.dharmafellowship.org
To find out more about their work and get involved with sponsorship please visit www.dharmafellowship.org/charitablework
Each Thangka is being offered with two options of different sizes/media/edition lengths:
||$1000 or more
||$250 - $499 (x1)
$500 - $999 (x2)
Release of Edition: 17 June 2006
Medium: Limited Edition Giclée Prints
Material: Matte UV-protected Canvas or Watercolour Rag Paper, UltraChrome Ink
Markings: Embossed with the Mima Publishers stamp and numbered
detail of max. size at 1:1
The Karmapas are a line of successive teachers acknowledged as the first lineage of reincarnating lamas in Tibetan Buddhism. The main seat of the Karmapa is Tsurpu Monastery, north-west of Lhasa, and the specific tradition is known as the Kamtsang Kagyu (Karma Kagyu). Rangjung Dorje (3rd) recognized himself as the rebirth of Dusum Kyenpa and postumously named Dusum Kyenpa and Karma Pakshi as the 1st and 2nd Karmapas. According to the history of the Karma Kagyu tradition the fifth Karmapa Dezhin Shegpa (1384-1415) was presented a gift of a black hat by the Chinese emperor Yungle. However, according to Mongolian history the first black hat was a gift of Mongke Khan to the 2nd Karmapa, Karma Pakshi. This hat has become the principal identifying characteristic and iconographic attribute in the depictions of the Karmapas.
The uppermost (and central) Buddha on the tree is Dorje Chang, timeless Enlightenment itself. Underneath Dorje Chang, one sees either the Indian yogis Tilopa and Naropa or, Lodro Rinchen, Saraha, Nagarjuna, Shavaripa and Maitripa. Dorje Chang always comes first. Below the Indians, sits Marpa, a mountain of power, who brought both the Mahamudra and the Six Doctrines to Tibet, and below him are Milarepa, Gampopa and the first Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa. All the other Karmapas are also present, along with the high incarnate Lamas between them.
The Buddhas of the Three Times represent the Sangha and below are the Tutelary Deities and Protectors for the Kagyu Lineage.
Notes by Bhikshu Karma Tinley, who gratefully acknowledges the Himalayan Art Library.
[ 18"x 23.5" Enlargement ]