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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 Shakyamuni as "Lord of the Munis"
Molded Plaque Depicting a Mandala of the Eight Bodhisattvas
Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi, Nepal, Kathmandu valley
White Tara and Green Tara
Molded Plaque Depicting a Mandala of the Eight Bodhisattvas
Portrait of the Indian Monk Atisha
Buddha Sakyamuni and Scenes of His Previous Lives (Jataka Tales)
請雨経曼荼羅図像|Sketch of an "Inviting Rain" Mandala
金剛界曼荼羅諸尊図像|Scroll of Deities of the Diamond World Mandala
The Buddha Amitayus Attended by Bodhisattvas
The Buddha Amitayus Attended by Bodhisattvas
Pair of Manuscript Covers with Buddhist Deities
Chakrasamvara Mandala, Nepal, Kathmandu valley
Chakrasamvara Mandala, Nepal, Kathmandu valley
Buddha Giving Safety (Abhayananda) to Mariners, Leaf from a Dispersed Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnapramita
Portrait of a Lama, Possibly Dromton
Pair of Manuscript Covers with Three Deities and Three Hierarchs
Pair of Manuscript Covers with Buddhist Deities
Buddha with His Hands Raised in Dharmacakra Mudra, Leaf from a dispersed Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnaparamita Manuscript
Buddha Enthroned in a Shrine, Leaf from a dispersed Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnaparamita Manuscript
Scroll of Deities of the Diamond World Mandala
Buddha Giving Safety (Abhayananda) to Mariners, Leaf from a Dispersed Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnapramita
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

Portrait of the Indian Monk Atisha
Pair of Manuscript Covers with Buddhist Scenes
『妙法蓮華経』「薬草喩品第五」の内|“Parable of the Medicinal Herbs,” Chapter 5 of the Lotus Sutra
伝託磨為遠筆  大精進菩薩  「金胎仏画帖」断簡|Daishōjin Bosatsu, from “Album of Buddhist Deities from the Diamond World and Womb World Mandalas”
Folio from a Buddhist Manuscript
Panel from a Buddhist Ritual Crown Depicting Vairochana
Pair of Manuscript Covers with Three Deities and Three Hierarchs
Manuscript Cover with Avalokiteshvara (The Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion)
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

Manuscript Cover with Avalokiteshvara (The Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion)
Pair of Manuscript Covers with Buddhist Scenes
Pair of Manuscript Covers: Prajnaparamita Flanked by Bodhisattvas (above); Vajrasattva(?) Flanked by Bodhisattvas (below)
Pair of Manuscript Covers: Prajnaparamita Flanked by Bodhisattvas (above); Vajrasattva(?) Flanked by Bodhisattvas (below)
『過去現在絵因果経』断簡 (松永本)|Scene from The Illustrated Sutra of Past and Present Karma; Matsunaga Version)
愛染曼荼羅|Aizen Mandala
伝託磨為遠筆 月光菩薩像 「金胎仏画帖」断簡|Gakkō Bosatsu, from “Album of Buddhist Deities from the Diamond World and Womb World Mandalas” (“Kontai butsugajō”)
阿彌陀三尊圖  高麗|Amitabha triad
大般若経(中尊寺経)|Great Wisdom Sutra from the Chūsonji Temple Sutra Collection (Chūsonjikyō)
大般若経(中尊寺経)|Great Wisdom Sutra from the Chū sonji Temple Sutra Collection (Chūsonjikyō)
南宋   佚名   阿彌陀佛圖   軸|Buddha Amitabha descending from his Pure Land
Kasuga Mandala, hanging scroll, Japanese art
Buddha Amoghasiddhi with Eight Bodhisattvas
釈迦三尊像|Shaka (Shakyamuni) Triad
文殊菩薩曼荼羅図|Mandala of Monju Bosatsu
Interior of a Book Cover: Manjuvajra Embracing His Consort, with Attendant Lamas
Interior of a Book Cover: Manjuvajra Embracing His Consort, with Attendant Lamas
Panel from a Buddhist Ritual Crown Depicting Vairocana
Chinese Bust of Buddha
迎接曼荼羅  掛幅一幅  絹本著色|Descent and Return of Amida to Western Paradise with a Believer's Soul (Gōshō mandara)
釈迦三尊十六羅漢像像図|Shaka Triad and the Sixteen Rakan
Mandala of Wakamiya of Kasuga Shrine (Kasuga wakamiya mandara)
春日若宮曼荼羅|Mandala of Wakamiya of Kasuga Shrine (Kasuga wakamiya mandara)
Mandala of Chandra, God of the Moon
Kumano Shrine Mandala, hanging scroll, Japanese art
Mandala of Raktayamari
Thousand-Armed Chenresi, a Cosmic Form of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
Mandala of Hannya Bosatsu, hanging scroll, Japanese art
Mandala of the Forms of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom
Deer Mandala of Kasuga Shrine

Deer Mandala of Kasuga Shrine

Nanbokuchō period (1336–92)

Cosmological Mandala with Mount Meru
Manuscript Cover with Vishnu Flanked by Lakshmi and Sarasvati
Manuscript Cover with Four Vidyadevis Accompanied by a Protective Deity
当麻曼荼羅図|Taima Mandala
Taima Mandala, hanging scroll, Japanese art
元 緙絲 須彌山曼陀羅|Cosmological Mandala with Mount Meru
Thousand-Armed Chenresi, a Cosmic Form of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
釋迦文殊普賢十大弟子像|Shaka, Monju, Fugen and the Ten Great Disciples (Jūdai Deshi)
Death of the Historical Buddha (Nehan-zu)
阿彌陀佛・地藏菩薩圖	高麗|Amitabha and Kshitigarba
Mandala of Kasuga Shrine, hanging scroll, Japanese art
Mandala of Jnanadakini - miniature, medieval manuscript
Buddha of Medicine Bhaishajyaguru (Yaoshi fo)
Acala, The Buddhist Protector, Nepal, Kathmandu valley
元   緙絲大威德金剛曼陀羅|Vajrabhairava mandala
Illustrated manuscript of the Lotus Sutra (Miaofa lianhua jing), Volume 2
熊野曼茶羅圖|Kumano Shrine Mandala
Portrait of Jnanatapa Attended by Lamas and Mahasiddhas
The Buddha Shakyamuni, Five Past Buddhas, and Maitreya
Lineage Portrait of an Abbot
當麻曼荼羅|Taima Mandala
釈迦三尊十六善神像|Shakyamuni Triad with the Sixteen Protectors of the Great Wisdom Sutra
Mandala of Chandra, God of the Moon
Chinese Mandala of Raktayamari
Ritual Crown with the Five Transcendent Buddhas
Chinese Mandala of Jnanadakini
Mandala of the Sun God Surya Surrounded by Eight Planetary Deities
Fragment of Vol. 157 of Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom
仏伝図 頻毘沙羅王帰依|Life of the Buddha: King Bimbisara's Conversion
Excursions from the Four Cardinal Gates: Encounter with the Four Sufferings of Birth, Old Age, Sickness, and Death from the Life of Buddha
Chinese Hevajra Mandala, 14th century
Acala, The Buddhist Protector, Nepal, Kathmandu valley
Death of the Historical Buddha (Nehan-zu)
仏涅槃図|Death of the Historical Buddha (Nehan-zu)
Life of the Buddha: Subjugation of Demons
Life of the Buddha: Abandoning Palace Life
The Arhat  Vajraputra
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