thangkas [pronounced tong-ka] painted by artists of the Dharmapala Centre
are masterpieces of Buddhist art, representing centuries old Buddhist
iconographic rules and months of meditative discipline and dedication
on the artists part. Because of the sacredness and uniqueness of these
items, they cannot be mass-produced and are not amenable to virtual
shopping carts. Please read on for information on the process of purchasing
a Dharmapala Centre thangka for yourself or as a special gift.
As you move around this web site, you will see a vast number of thangkas:
Shakyamuni Buddha thangkas, Wheel of Life thangkas, mandalas, etc. This
array of thangkas is intended to demonstrate the variety and singular
beauty of the types of thangkas that may be produced; many, but not
all, of the displayed items have already been sold. If a piece you are
particularly fond of is not available for purchase, you may simply request
one of a similar type. The benefit of this approach is that you may
specify the size and general colour scheme of the thangka you have chosen.
You may even send in a colour photo of a thangka you would like to have
Prices are not published on the web page because of the constant flux
in currency values, the varying costs of delivery depending on country,
and the occasional need to engage master artists who normally do not
belong to our organization.
To inquire about the pricing and availability of thangkas or to request
a special order, please contact our
representative in Germany, Mr. Holm Triesch. He will answer all
your questions, including those related to brocade mounting, dedication
inscription, and the option of a consecration puja in a Nepalese monastery.
As mentioned above, please remember that thangka paintings are sacred
creations. Each one takes time. If you order a painting, you will need
to exercise patience. Even the smallest mandala takes two months to
create. Larger thangkas or extremely intricate thangkas often take one
year or longer to complete. If you travel to Kathmandu, you can easily
purchase thangkas that take only a few days to create. These are the
so-called "Junk Thangkas" intended for tourists. They lack
the intricacy, refinement, and artists devotion that each thangka from
the Dharmapala Centre offers. So when you special order a thangka, please
know that your patience will be well-rewarded. For references from previous
customers, please visit our guestbook.
Finally, if for any reason, you are displeased with your thangka, you
do not have to pay. Simply return the thangka. That's all. All of our
customers are astounded by the quality of their purchases. But if, for
whatever reason, you find that you are not satisfied, you may simply
return the thangka and no payment will be required.