Dharmapala Thangka Centre is a thangka painting school with an
experience of over 30 years in the art of traditional thangka painting.
In recent years, the artists of the Centre have participated in numerous
international exhibitions. Thangkas are painted in
the heart of Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal by ancient iconographic
documents of Tibetan Buddhism thangkas in detail and refinement, as
they are very hard to find in other places. Dharmapala Centre is the
institution affiliated with a monastic tradition of the northern Buddhist
artisans of Nepal, dedicated towards the field of preservation and promotion
of the rule of Lamaistic Thangka painting.
centre was established under the rule and regulation of the HMG Nepal
in 1982 A.D. The centre was culturally and spiritually patron by the
Late [Nyigma-pa] lama Pemagyalpo [tamang] [1902-99]. Late Lama Pemagyalpo
Tamang was guardian and inspiration of this Thangka painting institution.
Pemagyalpo himself was a householder tantric Buddhist priest with his
dynamic knowledge of artistic skill and talents. This institute was
formed under the presidency of Yubaraj lama with parallel leadership
of Karsang Lama as a chief
artist, third generation world-renowned experts in Thangka painting.
Although originated in India and Nepal since 1970, low-quality Tibetan
scroll paintings [especially for tourists] were painted. These paintings
were mass produced, therefore the quality of the paintings was very
poor; Iconographic correctness could not be taken. It would only take
a few days to finish one painting. Thangkas from Dharmapala Centre,
however, sometimes need 12 months or more to complete. "Chief Artist"
Karsang Lama, a world-renowned, third generation painter has his every
thangka created under his supervision in strict compliance with the
How to order thangka
If you are interested in ordering thangkas from Dharmapala Thangka Centre,
you have two options:
You can choose one of the Thangkas posted on this site. If you're lucky,
it is immediately available, otherwise, it can be custom made for you
on request in Kathmandu and then we will inform you of the date of availability.
You can also order a "personal" Thangka to be painted especially
for you in Nepal. For this, we need a color photograph, a color copy,
a sourcebook, exhibition catalog, calendar or similar.
Thangkas from the Dharmapala Centre are individual works of art that
cannot be produced in mass production in a short time. Therefore, one
painting takes between 3 to 18 months, or even longer to be completed.
The completion time depends on the size, the contents and the embodiment
of the thangka painting. Red [Marthang] and black [Nakthang] thangkas
are more complicated than colored pieces. Goldgreen [Gserthang] thangkas
take even longer. To give you an idea of the progress of your order
during the waiting period, you will receive approximately every four
weeks recordings from the painting workshop.
Each thangkas comes with a detailed description, which provides information
on production, iconographic content and its significance.
Depending on the quality, size, and type, the prices of the thangkas
are from US $ 300.00 to more than US $ 10 000.00 Euros, sometimes even
more. Please inquire us and we will assist you.
If you do not like a purchased thankga painting, of course you have
a right to return, this also applies to commissioned works.
Each thangka can be provided with brocade
frame. Your Thangka is consecrated in your order, if necessary,
in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in
Kathmandu in a Puja. A consecration
inscription can be mounted on the back, in a request
with your name in Tibetanscript.
Please visit the numerous pages of this website. And inquire us or call
us if questions remain unanswered. We will do our best to assist you.