Entries Tagged as Mongolia

Danza Rabjaa (Incarnation & Emanation Lineage) - Added

October 28, 2016 ·

A page for the Danza Rabjaa incarnation and emanation lineage has been added.

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The Arts of Tibetan Painting (PIATS 2010)

September 22, 2012 ·

The Arts of Tibetan Painting: Recent Research on Manuscripts, Murals and Thangkas of Tibet, the Himalayas and Mongolia (11th-19th century). Edited by Amy Heller.

This collection of articles is a hallmark in publication as's first venture in online publication of a complete volume, comprising 13 articles which stem from the 12th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (Vancouver 2010). This volume of recent major discoveries and analyses by distinguished scholars of Tibetan and Mongolian art, history, and language is presented in a format accessible to non-specialist readers as well as specialists, copiously illustrated with detail enlargements. [The introduction above is taken from the Asianart website]. (See Table of Contents).

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Vajrabhairava & Jetsun Dampa in Two Paintings

July 31, 2012 ·

Two more outstanding paintings at the Winter Palace Museum are focussed on the subjects of Vajrabhairava and Jetsun Dampa. The first painting is dominated by a a large mandala in the upper half of the composition and an image of the white multi-faced, multi-armed, Sitatpatra at the bottom center. The second painting has a depiction of Vajrabhairava with consort at the center of the composition with numerous large squares containing narrative vignettes in registers at the top, sides and bottom of the painting. The secret life story and spiritual experiences of Jetsun Damapa are depicted in both paintings. Extensive explanatory inscriptions can be found on the front and back of the paintings.

1. Vajrabhairava Mandala & Sitatapatra

2. Vajrabhairava & Retinue Deities

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A Really Fascinating Milarepa Painting

July 31, 2012 ·

The Winter Palace Museum has some interesting objects and with paintings there are a couple that stand out and really command attention. One of those paintings is a life story composition of Milarepa. The entire life story is contained in the single composition. Everything about it is unusual from the artistic style to the selection of narratives depicted surrounding the central figure.

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Winter Palace Museum, Sculpture - Added

July 31, 2012 ·

The collection of sculpture at the Winter Palace Museum is worth seeing just on its own. It can be divided into two distinct subjects. The first subject is a magnificent set of Green Tara images, accompanied originally by Marichi and Ekajati, along with the Twenty-one Taras of the Atisha Tradition. The Marichi from the set is missing from this group and resides in the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. Approximately three of the twenty-one Tara images are missing with one recently appearing in the Sotheby's Auction House in New York in March 2011. The second group of sculpture is a miscellaneous assortment of buddhas, teachers, deities and a large portrait bronze of Zannabazar.

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Winter Palace Museum, Ulan Bator, Mongolia - Added

July 31, 2012 ·

The Winter Palace Museum in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, holds some of the most interesting and idiosyncratic objects of Mongolian Buddhist history. Most of the museums in the capital city share a wealth of Zannabazar sculpture. The Winter Palace Museum also houses paintings and personal objects of the last Jetsun Dampa who ruled Mongolia.

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510 Deities of the Mongolian Pantheon

April 29, 2011 ·

The images in this gallery are from the Lokesh Chandra publication of the 510 iconographic images known as the Mongolian Pantheon. The pages below contain all of the images in sequential order. Over the next few weeks individual pages will be created for the various subject groups such as the Sixteen Arhats and the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas along with the deities that are shown with their accompanying retinue figures.

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Begtse Chen Coral Masks - Updated

March 15, 2011 ·

The protector deity Begtse Chen, (English: the Great Coat of Mail. Sanskrit name: Prana Atma), was popularized within the Sarma (new) Schools of Tibetan Buddhism by Marpa Lotsawa (1012-1096) and Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092-1158), the respective founders of the Marpa Kagyu and Sakya Traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. The protector was later adopted and incorporated into the Gelug School of Tsongkapa and subsequently became popular in Mongolia - predominantly following the Gelug tradition since the 17th century. Begtse Chen is the main protector associated with the Hayagriva cycle of Tantric Deity meditation practice.

For over one hundred years numerous scholars in the West  have published the history of Begtse erroneously as beginning with the 3rd Dalai Lama and the subjugation of a Mongolian war god - referring to the protector deity Begtse. A common source given for the Western source of the story, based on Mongolian oral history, is Albert Grunwedel (1856-1935). In Tibetan Buddhism Begtse is believed to have originated in India. The practice entered Tibet with Nyen Lotsawa in the 11th century. (See the Common Confusions About Protectors Glossary).

It is commonly said by some sources in Mongolia that there were three Begtse Chen coral masks made at approximately the turn of the century a little over a hundred years ago. Currently there are at least three masks in museums in Mongolia, another mask is in the collection of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. Aside from these there are numerous masks available on the Asian art market either real or copies. It is not easy to distinguish between the original Mongolian masks and the modern copies.

Begtse Mask:
1. Zanabazar Museum, Ulan Bator, Mongolia
2. Chojin Lama Temple, Ulan Bator, Mongolia
3. Danza Rabjaa Museum Sainshand, Mongolia
4. Rubin Museum of Art, New York, USA
5. Others....

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The Miniature Paintings of Mongolian Buddhism

August 29, 2010 ·

The Miniature Paintings of Mongolian Buddhism: Tsaklis, Thangkas and Burhany Zurags by Stevan Davies. Professor of Religious Studies, Misericordia University. April 08, 2010. ( Website).

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Kalachakra: Seven Unique Paintings from Mongolia

December 13, 2009 ·

Kalachakra PaintingSeven unique paintings of Kalachakra from Shankh Monastery, Mongolia, courtesy of Don Croner. (See the Don Croner Quick Guide on the HAR website).

"Shankh Khiid, in Ovorkhangai Aimag about 200 miles west of Ulaan Baatar. The original ger monastery was founded nearby in 1647 by Zanabazar, the first Bogd Gegen of Mongolia. The monastery at this site dates from sometime later. The main temple at the monastery now contains seven Kalachakra depicting all 722 Kalachakra deities and many other depictions connected with the Kalachakra. These thangkas, which are the only ones of their kind in Mongolia, were hidden in a cave during the communist era by Lama Gombo (see below) and another local man. They were only brought out of hiding in the early 1990s." (Don Croner).

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