Sometimes the power of great compassion is needed to break the iron grip of our clinging to what is thought to be a solid, real, substantial self, ego, or soul. The archetype icon is none other than a representation of the archetypal force that comes from within oneself and is harnessed to overcome that ego. Even though one may recognize the ego to be a false, unreal construction, one is nevertheless primordially deeply loathe relinquishing the idea of its existence supporting us. So Mahakala, the archetype and protector, can be of essential help, like a fearsome warrior ally, if one chooses to wage war with one's ego and negative aspects in the process of opening up the Buddha-nature, which is the non-ego, non-self, non-soul, pure and omniscient "clear light" nature of all beings. The wrathful form of Mahakala is compassion personified and expressed as the power that can be harnessed and turned against the incredibly wily, stubborn, subtle, and stealthy enemy–the self-inflicted ego.This thangka is done in traditional Karma Gadri style, which is a major painting style from Kham, Eastern Tibet. The real beauty of this tradition is, it focuses on the central figure. Giving priority and space for the central deity to stand out. The subtle use of colors in Mahakala and minimalistic composition make this thangka more special.
If you are looking for a special Kagyu Protector then this thangka can be your jewel collection. It has all the attributes and emblem according to Buddhist text and iconography. This inspiring tangka will be a great gift for a practitioner like you.
Size: 15"/38 cm (width) x 20"/50 cm (height)
Materials: Cotton Canvas, Poster Colors, Genuine 24K Gold
THIS THANGKA IS HAND-PAINTED IN THE TRADITIONAL MENRI, AND THE QUALITY IS HIGH. It is painted at Enlightenment Studio, which is located near the Boudha Stupa. This inspiring Buddhist art will be a great gift for practitioners like you!