Thanka Painting of the TSANGA-PA Tradition of Tibet

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Item Code: IHD010
Author: Phuntsok Sangpo
Publisher: Paljor Publications Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 2003
Pages: 282 (Illustrated Throughout In Color and B/W)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 12.0" X 9.0"
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About the Author

I studied Thangka painting in Tibet from the age of 13 to 26. After the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959, I followed His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile in India. While preparing two large thangkas for king Jigme Singhe Wangchuk of Bhutan, Gyalyum Phuntsok Choedon, the royal grandmother, appreciating my talent, advise me to stay at Phursum Chorten, Thimpu with the renowned Ningmapa teacher, Ven. Jigdal Yeshi Dorjee and I painted thangkas for the great master for several years. Later I have painted thangkas for the eminent teachers of Kagyue, Saya and Gelug sects of Tibetan Buddhism in addition to catering to the constant flow of innumerable orders throughout my life.

In accordance with the inspiring advice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this book is an endeavor aimed at promoting and preserving traditional graphic measurement, layout and painting of Tibetan thangkas. The book is the fruit years of extensive research from 1996 to 2000.

I am deeply greatful to the staff at Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center, Darjeeling Darjeeling, who apart form printing also did the translation.



I extend my unqualified gratitude and respects to His Reverence Kyabje Dujom Rinpoche for conceiving the idea and urging me to author this book which would be the first venture of its kind by a Tibetan national. It was due to his consytant encouragement, support and interest that gave me the courage and determination to write this book.

I also pay obeisance to His Holiness the Dalai Lama before whose august presence, I put forward this proposed project and under whose illuminating support, interest and blessing I was able to start this venture.

My infinite gratitude to Mr. Samten Norbu, retired Professor and Head, Tibetan Department, Darjeeling Government College, Darjeeling for his rendition in English of the full text of this book. He has taken great pains to research and bring out in their true context and spirit the meanings and explanations attached to my diagrams and paintings of the deities of the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon. The innumerable hours spent in discussions and translations is manifest in this work and I will always remain indebted to him.

My appreciation to Mr. Tsewang Shelling, an intellectual and gave valuable suggestions and advice.

My acknowledgment would remain incomplete without mentioning the Office staff of the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, Darjeeling who spent many months inputting the data in both Tibetan and English in the computer and for their unwavering support and help in shaping this book in its final form.

Lastly, I thank my family and friends for their constant moral support and encouragement in this most important edeavour.




1 Portrait of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama 7
2 Portrait of His Eminence Kyabje Dujom Rinpoche 12
3 Photo of the author, Tsangpa Painter Phuntsok Sangpo paying his respects to H.H. The Dalai Lama 14
4 My Life Story 19
5 The Manual of drawing 44
6 Paintings done in India  
  a) The Twelve Deeds of the Buddha 150
  b) The Sixteen famous Sattaviras 168
  c) Pema Kathang, the Lifestory of the eleven Padma Sambhavas 185
  d) The Eighty Siddhas 204
  e) Accounts of the Nine Tsogyals 222
  f) Leu Dunma 240
  g) The five Lamas of the Zogchhen school 254
  h) The Celestial Palace Dechhen Shingko 264
  i) The Celestial Palace of Sangdho Palri 265
  j) Chhogling Ladup 266
  k) Chhogling Barchhe Lamsel 267
  l) Dujom Tersar Terkha Dhondhuki Tshhogshing 268
  m) Dujom Tersar Chhime Srogthik 269
  n) Rigzin Srogdup 270
  o) King Trisong Dheu Tsen and his Twenty Four subjects who obtained Siddhis with him 271
  p) Longechhen Nyingthiki Tshhogshing 272
  q) Sheeto Bakchhag Rangdol 273
  r) Sheeto Sheewai Lhatsok 274
  s) Sheeto Dakpoe Lhatsok 275
  t) Lamas of the Kagyu Order (2) 276
  u) Nojin Shenpa Marpoi Lhatsog 277
7 Conclusion with a prayer 282
  Note on above: ‘f’ to ‘n’ are stories or representations of Gurus and deities as mentioned in the works (Hidden Treasures’ usually of sacred writings)  


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