The Tibetan Cultural Center,
3655 Snoddy Road, Bloomington, Indiana, hosted an exhibit of
photos and of Tibetan thangkas at the TCC daily from Saturday,
September 8 through Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 4
In addition, on Saturday, September
8 from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, September 9 from 2 to 4 p.m.
(following our Sunday Meditation), Ven.
Tenpa Tsering and Ven. Tenzin Jamyang, resident monks at
the TCC, demonstrated the art of thangka painting. They explained
to interested viewers the various steps to be followed in the
creation of this type of religious are and also demonstrated
the techniques they use in creating the thangkas.
Both the exhibit and the demonstrations
were free and open to the public. Donations to defray expenses
Ven. Tenpa Tsering
painting a thangka
The thangka is a traditional
Tibetan form of religious art which cover a wide range of subject
matters. Although always religious in nature, some thangkas depict
the social history and customs and habits of Tibet. Others illustrate
the Tibetan calendar, astronomy, and Tibetan traditional medicine
and pharmacology. Biographical thangkas describe the major events
in the life of religious figures and historical personages. Most
thangkas are scroll paintings usually framed in a rich colorful
silk brocade and have a thin silk veil covering the front surface.
They are distinctively Tibetan, highly religious, and possess
a unique art style of their own. Tibetans have always considered
the thangkha as treasure of tremendous value. The thangkas that
the Tibetan Cultural Center will exhibit feature buddhas, bodhisattvas,
and great teachers of India and Tibet.
If interest demands, the monks
will provide classes in the future to the public at the TCC in
Tibetan art, including thangka painting.
Ven. Tenpa Tsering and one
of the thangkas he has painted. The beautiful detail of this
thangka cannot be seen in such a small image. To see a slightly
larger image, plus some details of the thangka, click HERE,
but be warned that the larger image will take time to load, and
of course it still doesn't do justice to the detail in the original.