Visit the 3rd Floor Galleries for a guided explanation of the thangkas and other artworks on display as part of Painted Prayer : The Sacred Art of Thangka and 10×10 Over Ten – Fundraiser Art Exhibit & Sale (March 5th-15th).
Discover the meanings embedded in the paintings by the depiction of deities, stories, symbolic forms, and the use of colour. Learn about the lives of the artists behind the paintings too – all students from the Tibetan Artists Development Society in Labrang!
Tibetan thangka painting is a distinctive tradition that dates over a thousand years. Thangkas are part of the cultural fabric of the Tibetan people, embodying not only their spiritual history, but remaining an integral part of Tibetan daily life in modern day.
The iconography of the thangka is rich in information about the spiritual practice of Buddhists and the Tibetan world view. Thangkas are part of the cultural fabric of the Tibetan people and, increasingly, they are embraced by Buddhists and lay mediation practitioners worldwide. As representations of the enlightened potential inherent in all sentient beings, thangkas are objects of devotion, aids to philosophical and spiritual practice, and bringers of blessings.
The Tibetan Artists’ Development Society is part of a conservation effort to capture and disseminate elder knowledge through learning, exchange, and respect for traditional practice. Based in Labrang, the city of one of the largest Tibetan monasteries, the school’s mission is to preserve the ethics and tradition of inherited learning that lies at the heart of Tibetan Buddhist thangka painting and to support the continued development of this vibrant cultural and artistic legacy as a contemporary art form for future generations.
All proceeds benefit the Tibetan Artists Development Society in Labrang. Donations support the school’s capital, operating, and scholarship needs.
Food and snacks available at Youngplace Coffee Pub.