PALDEN LHAMO – MAG.ZOR GYAL.MO

“Queen of wrathful rituals, a wrathful emanation of Tara is evoked as a means of establishing peace thru tantric rituals and overcome serious hindrances. The 1st. DalaiLlama Geduen Drub adopted her to protect the outer, inner and secret lineage of his successors.

The present Dalai Lama carried on his flight from Tibet a Palden Lhamo tangkha to safeguard his flight from the Chinese forces. The 2nd. Dalai Lama constructed the monastery Chohor Gyal at the oracle lake Lhamo.la.tso, where Palden Lhamo resides. She is consulted for guidance and divination, whenever the search for a new incarnation is not apparent.

As the fiercest emanation of Tara, the female Buddha, she carries the five magical weapons:

1. Bag of diseases, an old Mongolian weapon to destroy cities by throwing diseased body parts over city walls

2. Bundle of red curses, like a Tibetan book containing mantras to destroy enemies.

3. White and black dice (Tib: Mo.pey), divination ritual to foresee karmic outcome.

4. Ball of threads, a thread binding to catch spirits and protective threads with a knot in the middle..

5. Demon cross stick (flogging enemies), sandalwood baton tucked into the snake belt marked with magical inscriptions.

 

On advice of Lama Zopa Rimpoche this tangkha was painted for the new Jamyang Buddhist centre in Leeds. Created during the pandemic and painted with pure natural colours and gold to preserve its power for future generations.

© Andy weber 2021

Kalachakra (Brocade)

Kalachakra means the “Cycle of Time”, which means that this practice can ‘Turn the Wheel of Time’ in order to create a positive alternative future in our inner and outer worlds. Traditionally Kalachakra promotes world peace, unity and tolerance. In this painting, the focus is on our outer environment, which has reached a tipping point and the urgent need to hasten collective action. This thangka reveals of what we need to do for Mother Earth.

Kalachakra and his consort Vishvamata represent the alternative positive future of a golden age. Both depicted above planet Earth, together with the Great Earth mandala; the Jambudvipa. The four symbols of Jambudvipa represent the elements of Form: Wind, Fire, Water and Earth, contained within a circle of light that represents the Space Element; together they have the capacity to create or destroy form. We humans must take care of these elements, to sustain us in a golden era of peace. Creating the causes for this, Kalachakra and Vishvamata manifest an aura in the form of the Great Elements, inspiring us to unite and turn the Wheel of Time to safeguard our environment. Mount Meru is superimposed on Mt Kailash to signify the link of this world to Shambala – the perfect kingdom or perfected state of mind. The image has a miniature representation of Raudrachakrin, the great Shambala warrior, who will lead us at this decisive time towards the future.

 

The original Thangka was entirely painted using natural mineral pigments and pure gold to reflect the beauty of Mother Earth. It carries the following dedication on the back:

 

The path to Shambala is found by recognising collective karma.

Uniting around equanimity and equality of resources.

Reversing the damage, we have created in the environment.

Taking care of the Elements, to sustain us all in a golden era of peace.

Subscriber – Mandala of the Five Elements

Natural Pigments

Kalachakra

Kalachakra means the “Cycle of Time”, which means that this practice can ‘Turn the Wheel of Time’ in order to create a positive alternative future in our inner and outer worlds. Traditionally Kalachakra promotes world peace, unity and tolerance. In this painting, the focus is on our outer environment, which has reached a tipping point and the urgent need to hasten collective action. This thangka reveals of what we need to do for Mother Earth.

Kalachakra and his consort Vishvamata represent the alternative positive future of a golden age. Both depicted above planet Earth, together with the Great Earth mandala; the Jambudvipa. The four symbols of Jambudvipa represent the elements of Form: Wind, Fire, Water and Earth, contained within a circle of light that represents the Space Element; together they have the capacity to create or destroy form. We humans must take care of these elements, to sustain us in a golden era of peace. Creating the causes for this, Kalachakra and Vishvamata manifest an aura in the form of the Great Elements, inspiring us to unite and turn the Wheel of Time to safeguard our environment. Mount Meru is superimposed on Mt Kailash to signify the link of this world to Shambala – the perfect kingdom or perfected state of mind. The image has a miniature representation of Raudrachakrin, the great Shambala warrior, who will lead us at this decisive time towards the future.

 

The original Thangka was entirely painted using natural mineral pigments and pure gold to reflect the beauty of Mother Earth. It carries the following dedication on the back:

 

The path to Shambala is found by recognising collective karma.

Uniting around equanimity and equality of resources.

Reversing the damage, we have created in the environment.

Taking care of the Elements, to sustain us all in a golden era of peace.

Dharma Art Student Membership

Subscriber – Prajnaparamita, Goddess of Wisdom

Subscriber – Painting Techniques: Gold & Outlining

This is the final part of the course that demonstrates how to Prepare the gold for painting and the general outlining of the tangkha.

Subscriber – Tibetan Tangkha Canvas

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