This refuge tree, orfield of accumulation, is an essential support for all practitioners, especially those engaged in the practice of theTukdrub Barché Künsel ngöndro. Included in the tree are the Three Jewels, Three Kayas, Three Roots, alongside a host of buddhas, bodhisattvas, dakas, and dakinis.By visualizing this great array of enlightened beings and making offerings of body, speech and mind, practitioners train in accumulating vast amounts of merit.
This particular refuge tree is in accordance with theTukdrub Barché Künsel cycle of teachings, revealed bythe Great Tertön,Chokgyur Lingpa. The original work was painted by Gyantse Lhatripa Phuntsok Zangpo, an exceptionally talented artist from the Tsang province of Tibet.
During the construction of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, it was necessary to paint the interior of the Buddha Hall (lhakhang). At that time, there were few skilled painters in Nepal. Therefore, Sangyum Dechen Paldrön, wife of Chokling Rinpoche, invited Gyantse Lhatripa to travel to Kathmandu to lead the project of painting the interior of the monastery.
Many senior Lamas of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling still recall how Phuntsok Zangpo painted the walls of the lhakhang. Never making measurements, he painted the entire monastery freehand. When drawing the deities high up on the walls, rather than using a ladder, he tied a pencil to a long wooden stick and drew while sitting in a chair. Once he had penciled the contours of the deities, he directed his helpers in completing the details and coloring of the paintings.
Phuntsok Zangpo was also a disciple of the late Dudjom Rinpoche. During his stay in Kathmandu, he painted at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling in the morning and the Dudjom Monastery in the afternoon.
During this time, at the request of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Phuntsok Zangpo additionally painted this refuge tree thangka for Thukdrub Barché Künsel cycle.
Large: 15.5 in by 21.5 in (without brocade), 34.5 in by 47.5 in (with brocade)
Medium: 12 in by 16 in (without brocade), 28.5 inch by 39 inch (with brocade)
Small: 7.5 in by 10 in (without brocade)