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Thangkas & Mandalas

Thangka and Mandala: The Art of Buddhist Enlightenment.Created by: PICRYLDated: 1300
元   緙絲大威德金剛曼陀羅|Vajrabhairava mandala
Mandala is a representation of the universe and of enlightenment. In two-dimensional form, it looks as circles enclosed in squares drawing.

Thangka and Mandala both belong to the visual category of the art of Buddhist enlightenment. Topics of thangkas include Buddhas, bodhisattvas, Dharma protectors, masters, mandala... Thangkas of meditation deities also serve as a tool for visualization during meditation, by helping the practitioner getting used to the different states of the mind.

Dating back to the 7th century A.D, thangka painting is one of the greatest art forms of Asia. Thangkas are considered Buddhist iconography, each painting will symbolically represent divinities and passages based on the teachings of the Buddha.
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Buddha with His Hands Raised in Dharmacakra Mudra, Leaf from a dispersed Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnaparamita Manuscript

Buddha with His Hands Raised in Dharmacakra Mudra, Leaf from a dispers...

Buddha with his hands raised in dharmacakra mudra, preaching first sermon at Sarnath, attended by two disciples. Pala period

Buddha Enthroned in a Shrine, Leaf from a dispersed Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnaparamita Manuscript

Buddha Enthroned in a Shrine, Leaf from a dispersed Pancavimsatisahasr...

Buddha enthroned in a shrine, with his hands raised in dharmacakra mudra, preaching. Pala period

Buddha Offering Protection (Abhaya Mudra), Leaf from a dispersed Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) Manuscript

Buddha Offering Protection (Abhaya Mudra), Leaf from a dispersed Ashta...

Buddha offering protection (abhaya mudra). Pala period

Deer Mandala of Kasuga Shrine

Deer Mandala of Kasuga Shrine

Nanbokuchō period (1336–92)