Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Wheel of Life

སྲིད་པ་འཁོར་ལོ་བྲིས་ཐང་དང་ལྡེབས་རིས། 生死轮绘画和壁画
(item no. 62807)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Object/Concept

Interpretation / Description

The Twelve Links begin at the 12:00 position with a blind man walking with a stick.

The Twelve Links of Dependent Arising:
Ignorance – a blind person with a walking stick (12:00 position)
Dispositions – a potter & a potter's wheel
Consciousness – a man picking fruit
Name and form – two people in a boat
Six senses – a house with six windows
Contact – a couple embracing
Feeling – an arrow in the eye
Thirst – a man receiving drinking cup
Grasping – a monkey with a fruit
Becoming – a couple
Birth – a woman giving birth
Old age and death – corpse being carried

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Wheel of Life: Twelve Links of Dependent Arising
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Wheel of Life Main Page
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Wheel of Life: Six Sections