Home > Kaladarsana > Exhibitions > Sakyamuni >

áˇkyamuni   - An Exhibition of Rare Thankas

Thanka No. 16

Tsongkhapa 


Tsongkhapa

Collection: Rizong monastery

School of art: Sman-bris

18th century

Tsongkhapa

He lived in the 14th century A.D. in the Amdo province of Tibet. He was the founder and reformer of Gelukpa sect. He is regarded as an incarnation of Maµjużr˘ who is the embodiment of wisdom. Lord Buddha had prophesied that Sumati would come to Tibet and diffuse his doctrine there.

He obtained the ordination of monkhood in his early age and commenced to study Buddha's doctrine. He travelled to central Tibet for higher education on Buddha's teachings. He deeply studied both SŁtra and Tantra for many years. Randawa was his chief teacher, from whom he specially learnt Madhyamika philosophy expounded by Nˇgˇrjuna.

He composed many books on SŁtra and Tantra in which he tried to explicate the important and knotted points. He emphasised the doctrine of relativity as taught by Lord Buddha. The void and relativity are the two different faces of the same reality which are the ultimate nature of the phenomena. dBu mai Ltava is the main conception of Gelugpa order founded by Tsongkhapa.

The wisdom of the emptiness is called the central view or dBu mai Ltava. It avoids two extreme views, viz. Nihilism and externalism. Both are the main obstructions in achieving the perfection. These two extreme views can be eradicated through the mediation of dBu mai Ltava. 

The central figure is Tsongkhapa who is flanked by his chief disciples, Gyal Tsab and Khasdup respectively on the right and left. He is in preaching posture. He holds a flower in his right hand upon which is placed a sword which signifies the wisdom to destroy the ignorance. He holds again a lotus flower in his left hand upon which is placed the book of wisdom i.e. SŁtra. In the top centre is Maitreya and his two spiritual sons. In the upper left corner is Amitˇbha and Medicinal Buddha in the right. Below left is Amitayu and Gelukpa lama on the right. On the lower right is Vajrabhairava and in the left is protector. In the bottom centre is Yamadaka and on right is Pectse and on the left is Nezer. 

[ Previous Page | Content List | Next Page ]


HomeSearchContact usIndex

[ Home | Search  |  Contact UsIndex ]

[ Kaladarsana | List of Exhibition | Lectures | Seminars/Conferences/Workshops


Copyright © Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Choglamsar, Leh, Ladakh, 2001