Tibetan Thangka painting depicting Wheel of Life Mandala is perfect for various home décor ideas! This 100% hand-drawn Thangka painting made in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal can be decorated as an elegant and eccentric wall hanging in your home or office being a centrepiece of attention. It can also be placed on your family altar for meditation purposes as well as spiritual and emotional healing, attracting benevolent energy of the Tibetan Buddhist art.
Dimensions: 95 x 72 cm (37.4" x 28.3" inches)
Materials: Precious & Semi-Precious Natural Minerals mixed with Hide Glue
Canvas: Organic Cotton
Hand Painted in Nepal
More about Wheel of Life Thangka Art
Thangka painting depicts Bhavachakra, the Wheel of Life. It is made in the form of mandala - a complex picture representing the Buddhist view of the Universe. The Wheel of Life illustrates the essence of the Buddhist teachings, the Four Truths: the existence of earthly suffering; its origin & cause; the ending or prevention of misery; and the practice path to liberation from suffering.
The Wheel of Life describes the cause of all evil and its effects, mirrored in earthly phenomena. Picture by picture it reminds one that everyone is their own judge and responsible for their own fate. The ultimate purpose of this painting is to show the way out of the world of suffering into the sphere beyond, which is known as Nirvana.
The twelve interdependent causes and their effects
This is described by the twelve pictures of the outer circle: The first picture: Beginning with Ignorance, which is spiritual blindness, illustrated by an old and sightless man with a stick, unable to find his way [bottom left].
The second picture shows a potter, his pots being symbolic of his own deeds [acting, speaking, and thinking] with which he molds his own karma, popularly called fate.
The third picture depicts a tree and a monkey springing from branch to branch: this symbolizes the major consciousness which in ignorant people springs uncontrolled from object to object. For this reason, by analysis leading to the understanding of inner and outer phenomena, Buddhist psychology always aims at the full control of consciousness.
The fourth picture shows a boat with two people, symbolizing name and form, spiritual and physical energy, inseparably floating on the stream of life.
The fifth picture is of a house with five windows and a door, symbolizing the five senses and the faculty of thinking, those entrances [i.e. the sense organs] by which the outer world is perceived.
The sixth picture, a man and a woman embracing, demonstrates contact, the consequence of sensual perceptions.
The seventh picture is dedicated to the emotions by which one is struck, as by an arrow in the eye.
The eighth picture, of a woman offering a drink to a man, illustrates desire, stimulated by perceptions and emotions, and leading to the so-called thirst for life.
The ninth picture illustrates sensual entanglement: the longing to keep that which is desired, represented by a man plucking the fruits of a tree.
The tenth picture symbolizes the procreation of a new life, here depicted by a beautiful bride.
The eleventh picture shows the consequence: procreation is followed by birth, a woman giving birth to a child, shown here in the natural crouching position.
The twelfth and last picture shows old age and death, the inevitable end of all earthly existence, illustrated here by bearers with a bier, the corpse swathed, and in the fetal posture ready for the next rebirth and further misery in one of the symbolic six worlds.
The Symbolic Six Worlds
The first of these transitory worlds is the abode of the so-called Gods. It is a temporal paradise achieved by good deeds, and it is illustrated in the uppermost section of the wheel. Here the Buddha with the lute is seen reminding the gods of their limited pleasures and guarding them against vanity and haughtiness, which encourages them to believe in their own unperishability. But these gods are not yet freed from sorrow; they too, after thousands of human years, are subject to old age and death. Their special suffering is the illusion of the eternity of their paradisal state; their misery lies in their eventual comprehension of the error.
To the right, the World of Titansis illustrated: they are permanently warring against the gods and fighting for the fulfillment of their own desires; their suffering is the endless war, the resulted of envy and insatiable ambition. Here the Buddha appears with a sword.
Still in the upper half of the wheel, to the left, the World of Men is depicted: driven by egoism and ignorance, they suffer from the permanently repeated cycle of birth, sickness, and death. The Buddha with the begging bowl appears to help them.
In the lower half of the wheel, to the left, the World of Animals illustrates their special suffering: oppression by other beings. They devour each other and become beasts of burden. Here Buddha appears with a book.
The fifth world [bottom, right] is the realm of the insatiable, greedy ghosts, suffering from hunger and thirst which they can neither appease nor quench; they present a ghastly picture with tightened throats and bloated bellies. Here Buddha appears with a symbolic treasure box, filled with spiritual jewels.
The last world follows [bottom] with the cold and hot hells. They are places of torment for all those who have committed evil deeds out of hatred and anger. But this infernal life, however long, is not eternal; after atoning for sins, rebirth into a better world is always possible. In the World of Hells an assistant of the Lord of the Dead weights the deeds of the deceased who are entering his kingdom, but this is administrative work because the fate dead has already been decided by themselves. Here the Buddha appears, bearing a flame, to bring light and hope even to these darkest regions.
The appearance of the Buddha in the Six Worlds commemorates also the potential Nirvana, inherent in all beings, because all creatures, the proud gods as well as insatiable monsters, the warring Titans suffering men, as well as the tormented beings in hell and the animals, all have the possibility of attaining salvation in a future good rebirth in the World of Men.