Shambhala Lineage Thangka
A thangka is a Tibetan painting, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, famous scene or mandala of some sort. The word “thangka”, means “that which can be rolled up”; the name originated because itinerant monks traveling in Tibet could carry them easily to use as teaching tools. To this day Buddhist lamas use these scroll artworks in their ceremonies. They are to be found in shrine rooms, temples or in people’s home as a focus for devotional practice or meditation.
The Sakyong Foundation, with the support of the Shambhala community, successfully raised the funds for the Shambhala Lineage Thangka commissioned by Sakyong Mipham in July 2008. This seven by ten foot sacred painting is the work of master thangka artist Noedup Rongae and his team at the Shambhala Art School in Northern India.
The Shambhala lineage draws on the wisdom of the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism as inherited by Chögyam Trungpa, founder of Shambhala, and Sakyong Mipham, his son and spiritual heir.