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į”kyamuni - An Exhibition of Rare Thankas

Thanka No. 01

Lord į”kyamuni Buddha

Lord į”kyamuni  Buddha

Collection: Central Institute of Buddhist

Studies, Choglamsar, Leh (Ladakh)

School of art: Sgar-bris

20th century


In 6th century B.C. į”kyamuni Buddha descended to the world to show the right path to the fortunate beings, so that they may attain freedom from the cycle of existence. He practised all kinds of Bodhisattva's activities for countless aeons to attain perfect enlightenment. He delivered religious sermons for the benefit of all sentient beings travelling from one place to another till the end of his life. The Prajµ”p”ramit” is the central teaching of Lord Buddha which contains two major doctrines, viz, prajµ” (wisdom) and up”ya (method). In this Sutra, he explains explicitly the emptiness, the ultimate nature of phenomena. The realization of the emptiness is an exact antidote of the deception of self as well as the phenomena which is the root cause of cyclic existence. In the same way, this Sutra delineates implicitly the different stages of the path to lead to Buddhahood which is the final goal of the sentient beings. It means that the trainee must practise the wisdom and method together in order to attain perfect enlightenment.

The central figure is į”kyamuni, the Buddha of the present age. His left hand depicts the meditation posture while the right hand is in the earth-witness-mudr”. He is portrayed cross-legged, seated on a marvellous throne supported by four lions. The carpet on which he is seated is designed with lotus flowers. He is flanked by his spiritual sons, Sariputra on the right and Maudgalyayana on the left.


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