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Tibetan thangka master, Tashi Dhargyal has embarked upon a powerful cultural journey: the first Tibetan master to paint a multi-story thangka, or thanbhochi, outside Tibet. Tashi was trained by Ven. Sangye Yeshe, the Dalai Lama's first thangka painter in exile. The thangka is faithful to the centuries-old Menris Tradition, started by Menlha Dhondup who introduced the painting style in the 1500s.
If you take a look at Tashi's video - you'll see the lengths he has gone to already -- from securing private meetings with the Dalai Lama and Karmapa in India... to building out his studio in Sonoma... this project is in motion! The fifteen by twenty foot canvas was hand-prepared with cotton and natural animal skin glues. The painting will be completed with only the best hand-ground mineral pigments and 24k gold, and framed in delicate brocade from Varanasi. The drawing is complete, and painting is well under way.
Tashi's vision for the thanbhochi (the Tibetan word for a large thangka) hails from his aim as a youth, to help the monasteries of Tibet. The thangka features thirty-seven figures: Shakyamuni Buddha and his disciples in the center, each of the four schools of Buddhism are represented in the four corners with their respective lineage gurus and disciples. The sides of the thangka feature the Seventeen Nalanda Masters, whose teachings are frequently referenced and venerated by HH the Dalai Lama.
The thanbhochi is a singular canvas that intertwines karma; people from around the world are expected to see this piece as it tours museums and cultural institutions, before it is ultimately donated to a monastery in Tibet. The Tibetan Gallery & Studio is fiscally sponsored by The Solo Foundation.
We are looking crowd-fund the most precious materials: sourced from one family in South Korea, only pure 24k gold is used as an offering and to decorate this traditional thangka. $6,000 covers this precious offering.
Risks and challenges
There are not risks associated with this project, the first year of the estimated five years it will take to complete has been successful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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