Know About Wall Mural And Thanka Painting

Know About Wall Mural And Thanka Painting

Wall mural and thanka painting
The wall painting of the monasteries in Ladakh are still afresh and one can learn many interesting stories and beside in-depth philosophy symbolism. One among them is meditation instruction for enlightening. The Thirteen steps of meditation a brief explanation.
Meditation Instructions for Calm Abiding (Shamatha) in the form of a painting with accompanying instructions. The idea of relating the mind to an unruly elephant along with the monkey and other elements in the visual example of Calm Abiding meditation originates in the writings of Asanga and then later in the meditation commentaries of Je Tsongkapa. It is thought that the artistic depiction of the practice is relatively late and possibly first arose in the 19th century as a wall mural.

Key Elements:

  • The monk holding an elephant goad and a lasso is the individual.
  • The flame represents effort.
  • The elephant represents the mind.
  • Black elephant colour – the mental factor of sinking – lethargy.
  • The monkey is distraction.
  • Black monkey colour – the mental factor of scattering.
  • The Five Objects of Sensory Pleasure are the object of distraction.
  • The rabbit represents subtle sinking – lethargy.
Fire appears at different stages of the path. This represents the energy necessary for meditation. It gradually diminishes at the calm stages as less energy is needed to concentrate. It flares up again at the last stage when the monk is practising insight.

Author : Active Adventure India
Date : 04 May 2017