As skillfully crafted meditation and visualization aids, Buddhist thangkas are central to many Vajrayana practices. Serving multiple purposes, sacred images such as these ensure in the practitioner precision and clarity of visualization. Consecrated by an authentic lineage holder, these images are then imbued with the wisdom, love, and power of the awakened beings they depict, enhancing one’s confidence in and reverence for complete liberation.
Statues, thangkas, texts, and stupas are understood to be the physical representations of the Buddha's body, speech, and mind. They offer support for us to gather the beneficial conditions to enhance the stability and insight of one's meditation practice.
Kunkhyen Tenpe Nyima states in his instructions on meditation practice:
Start out by placing a painting or statue before you, using one made by a skilled artisan and with all the appropriate characteristics. Next, arrange offerings before it and begin with the preliminaries.
Offered in a variety of brocade styles, we have selected the highest quality silk brocade under the guidance of our senior Lamas at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling. Each detail of our thangkas is in accordance with traditional description and painted by skill artists in connection to our lineage.
All of our thangkas are either specific to the Chokling Tersar tradition or have been hand selected by the monks and nuns of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery.
Taken as the object of meditation by countless masters of India and Tibet, the image of the Buddha is supreme not just for its enchanting countenance, but for the immeasurable merit gleaned by admiring the Buddha's image with faith alone.
From Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's advice on shamatha and vipasana practice:
Either focus of the image of the Buddha as a whole, or in particular, focus on the unending uṣṇīṣa, the crown of the Buddha’s head, in order to attain the truth of the Noble Ones and pacify dullness. Or to attain samadhi and pacify agitation, focus your attention on the glorious knot at his heart center. Or to accomplish great merit and feel at ease, focus your attention on the clockwise turning coil of white hair between his eyebrows. Or to make throughout the world the great melody of Dharma pervade by teaching the Dharma to beings, focus you attention on the three lines at his throut center, the source of the sixty qualities of melodious speech, called ‘the conch of Dharma.’ Wherever you wish to focus your attention, remain right there.