Kickstarting crowdfunding karma: 24k gold for two-story thangka

Posted by Tibetan Gallery

At the urgings of the online community, Tibetan thangka master Tashi Dhargyal has created a literally golden opportunity to be a part of art history. He is raising funds on Kickstarter for the pure 24k gold that will adorn the canvas. It is estimated it will take five years to complete, and Dhargyal has already completed a considerable amount in the one year he has been working on it.

You can visit Tashi's studio in Sebastopol, CA or learn more online at www.PreserveTibetanArt.org

You can visit Tashi’s studio in Sebastopol, CA, or learn more online at www.PreserveTibetanArt.org

Dhargyal has embarked upon a powerful cultural journey as the first Tibetan master to paint a multistory thangka (Tibetan: thanbhochi) outside Tibet.

More amazing, it is faithful to the centuries-old Menris Tradition started by Menlha Dhondup, who introduced the painting style in the 1500s.

The 15- by 20-foot canvas was hand-prepared with cotton and natural animal-skin glues. The painting will be completed with only the best hand-ground mineral pigments and 24k gold, and framed in delicate brocade from Varanasi.

Tashi’s vision for the thanbhochi hails from his aim, as a youth, to help the monasteries of Tibet. 

The thangka features thirty-seven figures, with Shakyamuni Buddha and his disciples in the middle; each of the four schools of Buddhism is represented in one of the four corners, with its respective lineage gurus and disciples. The sides of the thangka feature the Seventeen Nalanda Masters, whose teachings are frequently referenced and venerated by HH the Dalai Lama.

The thanbhochi is a singular canvas that intertwines karma. People from around the world are expected to see this piece as it tours museums and cultural institutions, before it is ultimately donated to a monastery in Tibet.

View the “perks” and see the amazing video about this project here.