Lumbini Buddhist Art Gallery's main purpose is to share the Himalayan culture and wisdom around the world. Our home base is in Nepal, and all our products are made in Nepal. Lumbini has been supporting local artists and craftsmen in Nepal for nearly 15 years. At our exquisite new gallery and boutique in Berkeley, California, you will find the largest collection of master quality thanka paintings for purchase in North America, along with gold-plated and hand-crafted statues, singing bowls and more. Come visit us at 2177 Bancroft Way in Berkeley. We also accept commissions and custom orders upon request.
Our mission is to spread the message and teachings of un-corrupted Dharma preserved in the sacred Thanka paintings in the form of symbolism, iconography, symmetry, design, color and art.
The iconography of the Thangka is rich in information about the spiritual practice of Buddhists. A Thangka can help a meditator to learn and emulate the qualities of a particular deity or to visualize his or her path towards enlightenment. It can bring blessings on the household and serves as a constant reminder of the Buddha’s teachings of compassion, kindness, and wisdom. Thangkas of particular deities may be used for protection or to overcome obstacles.
The composition of a thangka, as with the majority of Buddhist art, is highly geometric. Arms, legs, eyes, nostrils, ears, and various ritual implements are all laid out on a systematic grid of angles and intersecting lines. A skilled thangka artist will generally select from a variety of predesigned items to include in the composition, ranging from alms bowls and animals, to the shape, size, and angle of a figure's eyes, nose, and lips. The process seems very methodical, but often requires deep understanding of the symbolism involved to capture the spirit of it.