Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Refuge Field Main Page

Refuge Field Masterworks

- Art History

- Iconography: Traditions List

- Religious Context

- Field of Accumulation Paintings
- Field of Accumulation Components
- Chod Refuge Field
- Gelug Field Paintings

Field of Accumulation, or Refuge Field: A Refuge Field is a particular type of Buddhist (and in recent times Bon) painting composition that arranges all of the teachers and deities of a particular tradition in one single painted composition as formulated by individual religious traditions, described in liturgical texts, and further influenced by the skill and imagination of the artist.

The Tibetan word 'tsog zhing' is often mistakenly translated from Tibetan into English as 'Refuge Tree' because of a non-Tibetan readers confusion with the Tibetan word shing meaning 'tree' and zhing meaning 'field', region or realm. The correct translation and name for this type of painting is Field of Accumulation, Field for the Accumulation of Merit, or more commonly known in English as a Refuge Field.

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Jeff Watt, [Updated March 9th, 2010, 4-2017, 1-2020]