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Tibetan Thangka Painting

Size of Painted Surface 16.5 inches X 23.5 inches
Size with Brocade 24.0 inches X 38.0 inches
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The enthroned golden figure is that of Buddha Shakyamuni in the earth-touching mudra. He is accompanied by his two principal disciples Shariputra and Maudgalyayana. Thirty-four smaller Buddhas with various complexions and gestures, seated in the same posture as Shakyamuni, surround the central figure in a regimented manner. The combined number of these thirty-five represent the Buddhas of Confession of sins invoked collectively by monks on special occasions.

Buddhism recognizes 35 serious violations and sins against the teachings. The sinner who repents will find for each misstep a Buddha who will point the way to a better attitude toward` life. All 35 have a name. They only appear in the specific context of the Confessional Buddhas. Numerologists have given the number 35 cosmic dimension by breaking it down into the four cardinal directions and the four intermediary directions plus zenith and nadir, and the axis between, as well as the 24 vertical intermediary divisions. Thus the number 35 expresses the omnipresence of the Buddha. In the present thangka the painter largely followed the layout but did not stick to the proper number.

The group of 35 confessional Buddhas have very important place in Tibetan Buddhism. The centre of this group is always represented by the Buddha Shakyamuni as he himself is 35th among the Confessional Buddhas. The Shiksha- samuchchaya and the works of Tsong Khapa mention in detail about the meaning, significance and iconography of the Confessional Buddhas. These Buddhas are invoked in the Click Here to View the Thangka Painting along with its Brocade

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