Monday, April 26, 2010

BUDDHA LIFE


This hand painted Buddha life story thangka depicts the entire life of Lord Gautuma Buddha and his quest for enlightenment. The day he was born in the garden of Lumbini, his childhood locked inside the palace compounds, how he was prevented from seeing and experiencing any kind of pain or suffering of outside world, the day he ventured beyond the castle walls and came across sorrow, pain, death and those suffering - he saw beggar, a cripple, a corpse and a holy man - which affected the prince deeply, the night he escaped the walls of the palace, when all were asleep and began the life of wandering ascetic. His years of fasting, meditation and time spent in painful search to find a way to end suffering, the full moon night when he had a direct realization of Nirvana, which transformed the prince into Buddha. The time he spent guiding people towards nirvana, love and friendship, the day he left this world at the age of eighty, having exhausted his human body for the sake of all sentiment beings. All these are shown in the Buddha Life Thangka Painting.