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This category describes all the symbols related Hinduism, Buddhism etc. A symbol is a mark, sign or word that indicates, signifies, or is understood as representing an idea, object, or relationship.

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What is Yantra?

All about Tara Yantra

Tara Yantra
Goddess holds the second significant position among all the ten, Dus . The Goddess Tara is the almighty Goddess of decimates all malevolent, is invulnerable and expels idleness, numbness, and haziness from the lover’s life. The word Tara means ‘star’ and it symbolizes light. Thus, Goddess Tara as ‘light’ is known to guide, carry over, overcome and conquer hurdles for acquiring , attain powerful speech and acquire the qualities of learning. Goddess .

The Lineage Tree – visualization of Refuge Tree

has such a unifying symbol, known variously as a Refuge assembly, Field of Merit, or . It is known as a Refuge assembly because it is a visualized gathering of figures representing the three Refuges. It is known as a Field of Merit because by visualizing a great array of figures and then making to them, and by performing other skillful actions, such as committing oneself to  .

The Dark Armies of the Dharma

, the Lord of , gazes out across the world, his white radiance soothing the of living beings. With one pair of hands, he clasps to his heart the wish-fulfilling gem of his to eradicate the world’s pain. In his upper left hand, he holds of spiritual receptivity, the to leave the mud of and reach up toward the of true . Above his head, we sense .

Determining the Quality of Tibetan Thangkas

There are three general skill levels of painters are hobbyist, professionals, and .  You can find out  the skill of the by looking closely at the lines, such as those used to make waves, clouds, and the faces of people, , , and . The finer and clearer the lines, the greater the skill involved. A thangka painted by a master will cost more than one painted by a professional. The student .

Sketching – The power of Tibetan paintings

is the major in creating the . Sketching involved several steps, the first of which was to lay down the main lines of orientation. Most important was the central vertical axis, for this would be the exact center of the around which the would plan the rest of the . The vertical axis usually marked the center of the , and it was in relation to this line that .

Shading, Colouring and Grading of Thangkas and Mandalas

Another main step is to apply washes for and gradual transitions of tone. Shading is called  in which is one of the special feature of . Shading is an important feature of , taking up a large portion of the , and is done very carefully and precisely. Shading in this context does not mean the treatment of light and within the whole , for the distribution of light and .

Techiques of Paint Preparation and Application in Tibetan Art

Preparation and Application in Tibetan Art
After cleaning the pigment it had only to be mixed with the to become paint. For blending a pigment and binder you can simply mix it. Paint preparation can take a full day to prepare the five primary colors. Traditionally, the materials included a variety of mineral and vegetable substances minerals, precious stones, bark, leaves, flowers (especially the rock rose), gold, silver, copper, etc. Each had to be collected from its source in different .

The Sacred Composition of Colors in Tibetan  Art

The Sacred Composition of Colors in Tibetan  Art
The painter’s palette consisted mainly of paints derived from the mineral . also made some of their paints by mixing the pigments with organic dyes and lakes such as indigo and lac dye. Important of this type included the blending of each of these two dyes with white. But since the dyes and lakes were mainly used during the and outlining stages that followed the initial application of .

The Art Of Mastering and outlining of Tibetan Thangkas

Almost every object depicted in a required outlining or linear detail. Outlining proper (bead) served to set off most objects from their surroundings, and it was used to demarcate the main subdivisions within them. also used line to develop the form or texture inside a given area, for instance within a swirling mass of flames or within the hair of a deity. Furthermore, fine linear drawings were the main way .

Types of Brushes used in Tibetan Art – Construction and its maintenance

The brushes () used by our main informants consisted of a brush tip of fine animal hairs attached to the pointed tip of a characteristic type of wooden handle. Brushes constructed in this manner contrast sharply with the Chinese style of paintbrush used throughout East . The latter was usually made by bundling the brush hairs together and inserting them as a plug into a hollow-ended handle. Although many were familiar with .
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