Thangka, a unique charm treasure from the original ecology of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in China, is a novel painting art that emerged during the Songtsan Gambo period. It is a scroll painting framed with colored satin. Because of its distinctive ethnic characteristics, strong religious color and unique artistic style, it has always been regarded as a treasure by the Tibetan people.
The content includes Buddha, Bodhisattva, Buddhist scripture stories, Tibetan herb and Tibetan medicine, etc., with bright colors and vivid images. It is mostly used to decorate temples and halls and to promote Tibetan Buddhist teachings. Thangka is a kind of spiritual belief. Tibetans who enshrine Thangka in their home worship every day, burn incense and offer lamps. It is said that many practicing masters regard Thangka as a “map” for practice.
With the improvement of modern life quality, Thangka has a very high art collection space. People’s love for thangkas is not limited to the Tibetans. More Buddhists, art investment and collectors’ enthusiasm for thangkas, in recent years, regards thangkas as an important spiritual life belief.
Beyond time and space, across national borders, a dialogue between Buddhist culture and thangka art exhibition charity sales activities, jointly organized by the Shaolin Zen Wu Cultural Center of Canada, Gu Xiangxiong (Beijing) Trading Co., Ltd., and the Canadian Golden Maple Leaf International Film Culture Association. The thangkas are presented to collectors in Canada. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the preparation for the construction of the Zen Shaolin Temple in Canada.