Life and Thangka Searching for Truth Through Sacred Art

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Item Code: IDK350
Author: Tiffani H. Renende
Publisher: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala
Edition: 2006
Pages: 81 (7 B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5" X 5.5"
Weight 120 gm
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ISBN: 818647045X
Publisher's Note

We are happy to publish Life and Thangka by Tiffani H. Rezende with hope that this book will inspire all those who have interest in Tibetan culture and wishes to study it.

This book describes very vividly how he author came into contact with sacred art of Thangka painting at a workshop at Gandan monastery in Ulaan Bator, Mongolia and how she subsequently studied Thangka painting at the Norbulingka Institute, Dharamsala.
We are sure that our readers will find it inspiring and absorbing.

Life and Thangka

"This is a sacred art, a path which can take you to enlightenment."
When a Mongolian lama whispered these words to her, she realized she was meant to follow this path.

Tiffani H. Rezende was born in Brazil in 1981. Her spiritual search took her through an alternative community, a marine life, an Australian aboriginal reserve, the Russian wilderness and finally to the Mongolia steppes, where she saw Thangka painting for the first time.

She followed the suggestion from her lama to study in Dharamsala in northern India, the seat of H. H. the Dalai Lama in exile. There she was accepted as the first western student by the Norbulingka Institute and became a trained Thangka artist.

Described with humour and sensibility, a daily life as an apprentice in the art of Thangka painting.




  Acknowledgement iv
  Publisher's Note vii
  History 1
  Meaning 1
  Motivation 3
  Life 5
  Finding Thangka 8
  India 11
  First Day in Class 13
  More Imagination 15
  Chinelos Havaianas 16
  Very Good, Do It Again! 17
  Golden Heart 19
  In Space with a Vajra and a Bell 23
  Rats, Scorpions and Karma 25
  The Wheel of Life 28
  Signs on My Head 32
  I am God 36
  Winter Mummy 37
  Preceptions 37
  Tea with Gen-la, the Acceptance Ceremony 39
  Brush and Paint, Sitting in Front of a Thangka 41
  The Master Also Starts Learning 43
  Mind and Life Conference with H. H. the Dalai Lama 44
  Conditioned Consciousness 47
  The West and the East 52
  God's Laughter 57
  Perfection 58
  Spying into the Future 61
  Loneliness 67
  Contemplation 69
  Reality of expression 69
  How long will it last? 71
  Nameless God 74
  I, feast for the Beasts 75
  The Trip of the Butterfly 77
  Royal Flowers 79

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