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Manuscript Cover C055-01
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Tibetan Buddhist art  Mandala and Buddha

Tibetn Buddhist art auspicious symbols

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The side and end of this manuscript cover have the "skyab dro" this is a blessing and is also called the Buddhism Refuge formula, it is as follows:

May all the sentient beings enjoy happiness and the root of happiness,
may they be free from suffering and the root of suffering.
may they not be separated from true happiness, devoid of suffering,
may they dwell in great equanimity, which is free from attachment and aversion.

Until awakening I take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha,
May I realize buddhahood,
through the merit of generosity and the other liberating qualities,
for the benefit of all beings.

This is the only manuscript cover we have with a mandala on it. This mandala is unique in that the center wheel and gates are set in the pure lands as the background. The gates lead to stupas, and each gate is a different element. The 1st ring outside of the stupas is a ring of Lotus blossoms, followed by a rings of Dorjes followed by a rind of yin-yang set in the mahamudra mists. The figure in the center of the mandala is most probably Kanakamuni; translated this means Golden wisdom. the right hand is in the Gesture of Intellectual argument, while the left is resting in his lap, palm up (the distinguishing difference between Kanakamuni and Sikin is very slight with the position of the fingers of the left hand), in the gesture of Leisure.

The figures to the right and left of the mandala are probably both Je Tsong Khapa in differing mudras. Both have scriptures in their laps, and the faces look very similar. The figure on the left has the Gesture of Comforting and Fearlessness, AKA Abhaya, with his right hand. This mudra is a gesture of comfort, blessing and protection, as well a gesture of encouragement and fearlessness. The Buddha's hands assumed this gesture after he reached enlightenment, signifying don't be afraid. The figure on the right is in the Gesture of Abdication or of the Ascetic, AKA Sramana, this is to relinquish all worldly pleasures.

The back side of the manuscript cover is decorated in 24kt gold on the border; the border has flaming cintamani, and a silk ribbon as an overlay to the Mahumudra mists. The center section has 3 Ashoka flowers accompanying the Victory banner and the Parasol, both auspicious symbols. Cintamani are wish-granting jewels and additionally represent wisdom.  When depicted in sets of 3, they represent the body, speech and mind of Buddha such as the practitioner may possess.  Cintamani are also referred to as the “Thinking Jewel” and symbolize the importance of teaching and as well as the enlightened mind. Pictured here are 6 flaming jewels.  The silk ribbon as it is transparent on the red background is a symbol of the transmutation of passion into compassion and denotes a victory over selfish lusts. The billowing clouds or mist are Mahamudra: the union of compassion and wisdom -- the ultimate realization of one’s true nature.  They are represented as the transformation of our vices into the 4 powers of regret, vow, reliance, and remedy, so the practitioner will realize purification and enlightenment.  This is also the basic meaning of the "Heart Sutra." The Ashoka, the second of the  trinity of holy flowers, sprouts from the holy water-font of the Amitayus, one of the forms in which the Buddha Amitabha appeared (symbolizing the transformation from greed to discriminating wisdom).  The sprout materialized from a tear that Buddha Amitabha shed when hearing of the deeds of the great warrior Ashoka that overcame all of his enemies to win freedom for his oppressed people. True spiritual freedom comes from overcoming the sins and lusts that enslave the soul.The Victory banner, an early Buddhist motif meaning the enlightenment of the Buddha and the triumph of knowledge over ignorance, this symbol also is used to recall the Buddha’s triumph over his temptress, Mara. The parasol and the shade it casts symbolize wisdom.  Its hanging skirt indicates compassion, so the parasol becomes a symbol of protection from the painful heat of the suffering human incur from the spiritual poisons of desire, hate, greed and ignorance.  The Victory banner is an early Buddhist motif signifying the enlightenment of the Buddha and the triumph of knowledge over ignorance.  This symbol also is used to recall the Buddha’s triumph over his temptress, Mara.  It further announces that all spiritual obstacles have been overcome and good fortune has arrived.   Occasionally, an 8- sided parasol is seen.  This element refers to the eightfold path to enlightenment.

This manuscript cover comes with a complete documentation package (map with history~iconography~essays and pictures about the monastery and people of the golden valley), and a Certificate of Authenticity brush signed by a monk at the Sange Monastery

Dimensions: W=35.5" H=8.5" Thickness= 1.5"
Material: Juniper
Circa: 1800 ~ front side is painted on a cloth glued to the board


Item #C055-01 price $1445.00, plus shipping: ~EAST COAST $74.00 ~MIDWEST $65.00 ~MTN STATES $59.00 ~WEST COAST $52.00; other destinations, contact us  for a quote. 


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