Thangka serve as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas, other deities and bodhisattvas. One subject is the (Wheel of Life), which is a visual representation of the Abhidharma teachings (Art of Enlightenment).
Vajrayana practitioner use thangka image of their yidam, or meditation deity, as guide by visualizing “themselves as a being that deity by internalizing the Buddha's qualities within. Thangka art abides by strict rules, that are written in ancient texts and passed down from generation to generation. A great amount of study is required to create a thangka and each ornaments, postures represent a particular aspect of Buddhism and its teachings.
Thangkas are also commissioned and hung to increase good fortune and ward off negative energies. In Buddhism practice it is customary to make valuable offering in order to increase merit and receive blessings from the Buddhas.
This sacred art is most popular and beloved to the Tibetans as well as to the buddhists worldwide, because they are representation of the enlightened potential inherent in all sentient beings.
Thangkas are also appreciated by the art community for their high level of refined skill and effort, unique techniques, exquisite materials and the finely detailed depiction's of the deities portrayed.