Master Tibetan thangka painter opens new gallery in CA; visitors can watch creation of massive Buddhist scroll

Traditional thanbochi scroll, unfurled for a ceremony at Drepung Monastery, Tibet

Master Tibetan thangka painter Tashi Dargyal, about whose work we’ve reported here and here, has opened a new gallery and studio space at the Barlow, in Sebastopol, CA.

Visitors to the Tibetan Gallery & Studio will have the unusual opportunity to watch the creation of the first thanbochi — a massive ceremonial scroll unfurled at special Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies — painted outside of Tibet. Currently, Tashi is working on the 20’ x 15’ thanbochi with Mingmar Tsering, the primary teacher at the Institute of Tibetan Thangka Art, in Dharamsala, India. Both artists are adhering to exacting traditional methods of design, employing hand-ground pigments to render the immense image of Shakyamuni Buddha, his two foremost disciples, and the founders of the four principle Tibetan Buddhist lineages.

The Tibetan Gallery & Studio says it will also display a variety of other unique items, including art-quality prints of Tashi’s thangkas, silk scarves responsibly sourced from India, and hand-strung prayer beads, as well as one-of-a-kind scripted art and painted stones for gardens.

If you won’t find yourself traveling through west Sonoma County anytime soon, Tashi regularly posts images and video of the thanbochi’s progress on his website and Facebook page.

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