Gathering of the Saints Black Background
Tangka ~ "The Gathering of the Saints"
~Tsongkhapa & the Gelupka Saints~
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Price $835.00, plus $49.60 shipping & handling worldwide. Please allow 3 weeks for delivery.
Overall measurements: 54" x 40" Inside picture: 30" x 21"
Overall size: 136cm X 100cm; inside: 76cm x 53cm
Age: circa 1900
Created at the Wutong (Wu tun or Wutun) Monastery by a Tibetan Buddhist Monk
This depiction of the Gathering of the Saints or the Gelupka linage is rarely seen out side of Tibet. In that respect it is unique.
This powerful presentation is of the refuge, or the gathering. Tsong Khapa is in the center with a medicine bowl. He is there to remove the 3 great poisons from your life: desire, hatred, & envy, in order to harmonize and reestablish the balance between the three humors: wind, bile, and phlegm. His iron bowl is filled with amrita, the divine healing nectar. He represents your local teacher or guru.
The gathering have been brought together on a lotus throne sitting upon a stupa that stands in the life-giving primal waters.
<<<<Click on the picture to the left to see an expanded view
Tangkas with a black background like this one form a special category of contemplative paintings. They are a highly mystical and esoteric type, usually reserved for advanced practice. Black is the color of hate, transmuted by the alchemy of wisdom into the ultimate-reality-perfection wisdom. It is not that darkness is the absolute; the void is not nothingness. Darkness represents the imminence of the absolute, the threshold of experience. The absolute itself is rather the clear-light transparency within which all relative forms and vulnerable living things are sustained. But the dark connotes death, which enlightenment converts into the Body of Truth. It is used for terrific ritual actions, the radical conquest of evil in all its forms -- conquest not by annihilation, but by turning evil into good, the truth and basic operation of the mystical law.
This powerful presentation is of the refuge, or the gathering. Tsong Khapa is in the center with a medicine bowl. He is there to remove the 3 great poisons from your life: desire, hatred, & envy, in order to harmonize and reestablish the balance between the three humors: wind, bile, and phlegm. His iron bowl is filled with amrita, the divine healing nectar. He represents your local teacher or guru. (an expanded iconography will be provided upon purchase)
|Chakravartin's precious elephant carrying Cintamani for the practitioner, along with the god Indra riding the elephant. Indra is the king of the heaven of the 33 gods who live on Mt. Meru.|
|The persons in the lower right are lamas or monks. One is praying, and the other is making an offering. They represent the practitioner or believer.|
|The spiritual rainbows radiate power and wisdom and aid in the study of the tantras. This requires endurance and a certain amount of intelligence. Just as the tantras are divided into levels, so are the dieties of this gathering. How this tangka should be approached will depend upon the level the practitioner has obtained. For the practitioner who can approach the presentation as a mandala, the presentation is also a concentration aid, penetrating the essence of veneration; it has the same didactic function as the bhavachakra.|