The subjects and compositions in thankga paintings (thankga” means “rolled scroll in Tibetan) are traditional imagery based on Buddhist visionary experience. All of the implements held in the hands, the colors, the hand positions and body postures – all represent energetic states and personifies something integral to the deities that we might not have the language for, given a different cultural upbringing, but that hits us as some deep level and resonates with the soul.
Sacred art in general expresses what devotees have studied and experienced about life and spiritual and visionary experience and sought to explain artistically. Thangka art derived from several thousand years of Buddhist practice and cultural evolution that began in India and then moved into Nepal and Tibet over time. It arose from understandings and insights gained from people asking the same age-old questions all cultures have – why are we here, what is this life and the cosmos, what constitutes spiritual growth – and what is it all for?
I hope you enjoy exploring these themes and the beauty that came out of them by looking at my website.
Prints of my thangkas can be purchased here or by contacting me at Laura@LauraSanti.com