Proyecto de colaboración con Sunapati Thanka Painting School. El proceso de creación de un mandala.

Los mándalas son representaciones simbólicas espirituales y rituales del macrocosmos y el microcosmos, utilizadas en el budismo y el hinduismo.

En diversas tradiciones, los mandalas se emplean para mejorar la atención y concentración de los practicantes, como una herramienta de orientación espiritual, para establecer un espacio sagrado y como ayuda a la meditación, todavía se consideran muy importantes para el estudio y conservación de la religión, la historia , la cultura y las tradiciones de Tíbet, la India y Nepal.

Originalmente, las pinturas Thanka se hicieron populares entre los monjes itinerantes ya que las pinturas en rollos eran fáciles de transportar de monasterio en monasterio. Estos thangka eran importantes herramientas de enseñanza, ya que mostraban escenas de la vida del Buda, o a varios destacados Lamas, o a otras deidades o a Bodhisattva. Un tema popular de los Thanka es La rueda de la vida, que es una representación visual de las enseñanzas del Abhidharma (o Arte de la Iluminación).

Mientras que para algunas personas estos son solo coloridos tapices, para los budistas, estas pinturas religiosas tibetanas poseen una belleza que se interpreta como una manifestación de ciertas energías iluminadas.

Collaboration project with Sunapati Thanka Painting School. The process of creating a mandala.

Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe.

In various traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation. are still considered very important for studying and preserving the religion, history, culture and traditions of Tibet, India and Nepal.

Thanka is a painting on cotton, or silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala of some sort. The thangka is not a flat creation like an oil painting or acrylic painting but consists of a picture panel which is painted or embroidered over which a textile is mounted and then over which is laid a cover, usually silk. Generally, thangkas last a very long time and retain much of their lustre, but because of their delicate nature, they have to be kept in dry places where moisture will not affect the quality of the silk. It is sometimes called a scroll-painting.

Thanka, when created properly, perform several different functions. Images of deities can be used as teaching tools when depicting the life (or lives) of the Buddha, describing historical events concerning important Lamas, or retelling myths associated with other deities. Devotional images act as the centerpiece during a ritual or ceremony and are often used as mediums through which one can offer prayers or make requests. Overall, and perhaps most importantly, religious art is used as a meditation tool to help bring one further down the path to enlightenment.

Thanka Painting School © 2014 Pablo G. Capistrano

Thanka Painting School © 2014 Pablo G. Capistrano

Thanka Painting School © 2014 Pablo G. Capistrano

Thanka Painting School © 2014 Pablo G. Capistrano

Thanka Painting School © 2014 Pablo G. Capistrano

Thanka Painting School © 2014 Pablo G. Capistrano

Thanka Painting School © 2014 Pablo G. Capistrano

Thanka Painting School © 2014 Pablo G. Capistrano

Thanka Painting School © 2014 Pablo G. Capistrano

Thanka Painting School © 2014 Pablo G. Capistrano

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