Tibetan Samatha Meditation Thangka
35 x 28cm sized thangka. Exceptional quality. Original. From Tibet
We offer an original Tibetan Samatha Meditation thangka which illustrates the different stages of Samatha meditation, showing a monk chasing and finally capturing an elephant.
The elephant, representing the mind, is led by a monkey representing the distractions.
Gradually both the monkey and the elephant change color, which is a metaphor for the ability of the practitioner through effort (the fire) to purify the lethargic tendencies of the mind.
Further along, the monk starts leading the elephant and the monkey follows the elephant rather than leading it. This represents the mind becoming pacified.
The finals stages show the elephant resting with the monk. A rainbow streams out of the monk’s heart. This symbolises perfect equanimity, and the practitioner is ready to cross over to mental bliss. The monk rides the elephant on the rainbow path towards perfection and returns bearing the sword of Wisdom.
Painted between 1980 and 1985 by monks and artists, and supervised by a world renowned Great Master, it is therefore unlike many other similar items that you will find online. This is an original piece from Tibet, not Nepal, and that makes a difference. The artists used only natural ingredients in this piece.
Thangkas that originate from Tibet are either recent (since 1980) or before 1900. Anything in between is not from Tibet. More likely Nepal, Bhutan or India.
The work is natural, with delicate colours and rich in details. The thangka is painted on cotton and linen mixed media. This would be a great addition to any serious meditator’s wall.
The making of such a beautiful thangka is a rich art. It requires the master artisan monk to have knowledge and craftsmanship gleaned from more than 40 years of experience to be able to craft such a work. Using precise ancient methods, the craftsmen paint the thangka onto a unique blend of cotton and linen. They then coat it to prevent deterioration. The dyes are of natural plant and mineral origin from the Himalayan foothills or in the region.
This artistic and sacred tradition of such thangkas has been transmitted orally through the centuries.
Original thangkas of this quality have become quite rare. They are a highly valued collectible as the painstaking art is now restricted to only a few old master craftsman. There are newer schools of thangka painters which, like modern singing bowls, lack the essence that older pieces command.
All serious practitioners require at least one thangka of this quality. Older pieces like this are worth the investment and should last a lifetime.
Remember that we only have one of each of our thangkas.
Once sold, there won’t be another of this quality for sale.
Dimensions: 35 cm x 28 cm