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Friday Night Gallery Chat / Tibetan Art

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Good Evening, Tibetan art is rich in  luxurious velvety luscious forms and colors.  It is based on the spiritual element which is foremost in Tibetan culture. 

The sand paintings they create ( see below) use brightly colored grains of sand poured meticulously by hand on to a board.   The one I saw being made took one week ( in a museum setting) at the end of the week, the board is slanted and all the sand falls into a single pile.

How’s that for devotion to your craft!

Sand Painting,

The slanting of the sand painting displays the temporal condition of time. 

(Temporal Definition: not eternal; “temporal matters of but fleeting moment”- F.D.Roosevelt )


Monks train to become like  Buddah by becoming a Boddhistiva a common theme in early Tibetan art,

Mahayana Buddhist influence

As Mahayana Buddhism emerged as a separate school in the 4th century BC it emphasized the role of bodhisattvas, compassionate beings who forego their personal escape to Nirvana in order to assist others. From an early time various bodhisattvas were also subjects of statuary art. Tibetan Buddhism, as an offspring of Mahayana Buddhism, inherited this tradition. But the additional dominating presence of the Vajrayana (or Buddhist tantra) may have had an overriding importance in the artistic culture. A common bodhisattva depicted in Tibetan art is the deity Chenrezig (Avalokitesvara), often portrayed as a thousand-armed saint.  From Wikipedia

Bodhisattva *
A bodhisattva can be defined as an individual who discovers the source of the Ultimate Truth better known as nirvana, but postpones his own enlightenment until he has guided all his fellow beings to this same source of fulfillment. The path of the bodhisattva is thus one of self-denial and selflessness.


Four-armed Tibetan Chenrezig form of Avalokiteśvara

Four-armed Tibetan Chenrezig form of Avalokiteśvara
Sanskrit:  अवलोकितेश्वर (Avalokiteśvara)
Burmese:  လောကနတ် (lo:ka. na’) or လောကနာထ (lo: ka .na hta.)
Bengali:  অবলোকিতেশ্বর
Chinese:  觀世音 (guānshìyīn)
or 觀音 (guānyīn)
Japanese:  観世音2 (kanzeon)
or 観音 (kannon)
Thai:  อวโลกิเตศวร (Avalokitesuarn), เจ้าแม่กวนอิม (Chao mae Kuan Im)(Meaning : Great Mother Kuan Im)
Tibetan:  སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས་ (spyan-ras-gzigs; chenrezig, chenrezi)
Korean:  관세음보살 (gwanseeum bosal)
Vietnamese:  Quan Thế Âm
Venerated by:  Mahayana, Vajrayana, Theravada (unofficial)
Attributes:  Great Compassion























Have a spiritual night!

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