Quote by the Dalai Lama

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The Purpose of Thangka Painting


A quote by the Dalai Lama (from the foreword of ‘The Mystical Arts of Tibet’):

“All the elements of a Tibetan religious painting have a symbolic value. These symbols serve as aids to developing inner qualities on the spiritual path. The deities themselves are regarded as representing particular characteristics of enlightenment.
For example, Manjushri embodies wisdom and Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig) embodies compassion.
Paying respect to such deities therefore has the effect of paying respect to wisdom and compassion, which in turn functions as an inspiration to aquire those qualities within ourselves.

The pictures shown here depict the process of Carmen’s painting of the Mandala of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit), the Buddha of Compassion


His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama (born July 6, 1935) is the spiritual leader of Tibet. His official name is Tenzin Gyatso. He is a lama of the Gelug order (also known as the Yellow Hat school of Tibetan Buddhism) that was founded by Lama TsongKhapa in the 14th Century.

The Dalai Lama is considered to be the successor in a line of tulkus (reincarnated Tibetan Buddhist lamas and masters) who are believed to be incarnations of Avalokitesvara (Tib.: Chenrezig), the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion.

The current Dalai Lama is the 14th in this lineage.

In 1950 China invaded and occupied Tibet brutally, leading the Dalai Lama to fled to India nine years later. Since then, he has been campaigning from exile for Tibet to be given greater autonomy.

Painting for the Dalai Lama

On the page Painting for the Dalai Lama in the artwork section you can see the pictures of and read more about the large paintings that Carmen created for H.H. the Dalai Lama.


Meeting the Dalai Lama

dalai-lama-receives-offering-by-carmen-mensinkOn the page Meeting the Dalai Lama, Carmen recalls in her own words the brief meeting she had with this wonderful being, and where she offered him her thangka artwork.