Himalayan Art Resources

Teacher: Tsongkapa (painting #14)

Tsongkapa Painting #14 | Tsongkapa Life-story Main Page

The Je Tsongkapa system for depicting the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas is stated in his writings to be based on his own meditative vision and not on a textual source. This episode from the life-story is also well depicted in art.

The images below are all of painting number #14 from the fifteen painting set depicting the life story of Je Tsongkapa. At the middle left side of the composition is a small figure of Tsongkapa in front of a gold statue of Maitreya. Directly above are two artists painting a wall mural. Above that is a sphere containing the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas as described in the vision of Tsongkapa.

(See a single composition - top center).

(gsung 'bum tsong kha pa, sku 'bum par ma. sangs rgyas so lnga'i mngon rtogs dang lha sku'i phyag tshad bzhugs so. Vol.11 [da] page 709).

Jeff Watt [updated 4-2019]