Deity Thangkas

Enhance your practice with an Authentic Deity Thangka.  These inspirational pieces of art are direct-to-fabric Gicleé prints mounted in the traditional scroll style on brocade fabric. Each illustration reflects the artist’s exact knowledge of the traditional iconography, proportions and measurements used for each deity.

A brief history… 

Tibetan monks and lamas used thangkas as an aid to illustrate Buddhist Dharma teachings. Each detail has meaning and refers to aspects of the deity’s activity or Buddhist philosophy. They have even been referred to as a ‘roadmap to enlightenment’. Thangkas also support visualization of the deity during meditation practice.

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Wangchen Lama

Featured Artist: Thangka Artist Wangchen Lama

Thangka Artist Wangchen Lama was born in 1972 – auspiciously in H.E. Garchen Rinpoche’s hometown of Nanchen, Dongur, Tibet. From an early age he loved the arts and painting, but it was not until he went to Gar Monastery in 1987 that he would find an opportunity to study and practice thangka painting.

In 1995, after years of concentrating on his monastic studies, he met the thangka painting teacher, Sonam Nyima. Then in 1997, he was invited to join the best thangka painters in Tibet to create the largest thangka painting in the world. It captures the vast history of Tibetan Buddhism. Wangchen Lama was asked to paint famous teachers in the Drikung Kagyu lineage, including Lord Jigten Sumgon.

In recognition for his work, he received certificates in honor of his skill as an artist and participation in this project. Currently the 2,000-foot-long painting is installed at the Tibetan Medicine & Culture Museum. Since 2008, Wangchen Lama has developed his computer skills to create thankgas.

His work reflects his training in traditional stylistic requirements found in authentic Tibetan thangka paintings, as well as his unique talent.

Authentic Deity Thangkas

Created by Gar Monastery Monk Wangchen Lama

  • Vajrasattva ThangkaVajrasattva Thangka



    Vajrasattva is the Buddha of Purification. He embodies the wisdom of the five Dhyani buddhas and our own kind gurus.

    The practice of Vajrasattva and 100,000 recitations of his 100-syllable mantra is one of the four preliminary practices that Dharma students accomplish on the path of Tibetan Buddhism.  Our minds hold the seeds of negative karma created by our negative actions and afflictive emotions in past lifetimes. They have the potential to ripen into suffering and to create obstacles in our practice. The purification practice of Vajrasattva enables the realization of our full spiritual potential.

    Vajrasattva is radiant white in color. He is depicted sitting in the diamond posture. His right hand holds a dorje (or vajra) at his heart which symbolizes his skillful means and compassion. His left holds a bell at his hip signifying wisdom. Together, they symbolize the union of wisdom and compassion.

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  • White Tara ThangkaWhite Tara Thangka

    White Tara


    White Tara is the female buddha of long life who is sometimes depicted in a triumvirate of longlife deities that include Amitayus and Namgyalma. Our beloved teacher, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, holds White Tara close to his heart and we practice his White Tara sadhana weekly at Gar Drolma to benefit ourselves and others.

    From a spiritual perspective, a long life gives us more time to create the causes for positive advancement along the path to enlightenment. Our lifetimes should be spent benefitting as many beings as possible. This is especially true for high lamas who can benefit thousands of people.

    White Tara is depicted seated in the vajra posture surrounded by an aura of rainbow-colored rings. Her hand mudras are similar to Green Tara, with her right hand in the gesture of supreme generosity and her left hand holding a stem of a blue utalpa flower near her heart. However, she uniquely has seven eyes—three on her face, including one on her forehead, and the remaining four on the palms and soles of her feet. It is said they enable her to see all beings in all the realms of existence. Her expression is deeply compassionate and peaceful.


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