Donations & Perks
December 7th, 2013 by studio
Gifting a legacy – be a part of history: Art history is being made at the Tibetan Gallery & Studio in Sonoma, California.
Tibetan thangka master, Tashi Dhargyal has embarked upon a powerful cultural journey: the first Tibetan master to paint a multi-story thangka, or thanbhochi, outside Tibet. More amazingly, the thangka is faithful to the centuries-old Menris Tradition, started by Menlha Dhondup who introduced the painting style in the 1500s.
The fifteen by twenty 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 (the Tibetan word for a large thangka) hails from his aim as a youth, to help the monasteries of Tibet.
The thangka features thirty-seven figures: Shakyamuni Buddha and his disciples in the middle, each of the four schools of Buddhism are represented in the four corners with their 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.
There are new ways you can contribute to Tibetan Gallery & Studio, and some amazing perks we have added.
‘Auspicious 108‘ — A donation of $108 will get you your name, or a phrase of your choice by Tashi in his beautiful Tibetan script. If you’re feeling ambitious — his script makes for a beautiful tattoo!
‘Compassionate contribution’ — A donation of $500 is rewarded with a beautiful print of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. This digital pigment print on cotton rag measures 8×11, and will be stamped with Tashi’s seal for you.
‘Building Blocks’ $10,000USD — Perfect for individuals, groups, and sangha: a limited number of one-foot square blocks are available for patronage. As the thanbhochi tours, it will be accompanied by a legend, not only identifying the central figures, but also the contributing patrons who enabled its completion. This includes an art quality print, signed by the artist upon the thangka’s completion, as well as recognition on the accompanying plaque and the PreserveTibetanArt.org website.
FUNDED!!! ‘Mindful Midas’ $6,000USD— Sourced from one family in South Korea, only pure 24k gold is used as an offering and to decorate this traditional thangka. This sponsorship includes an art quality print, signed by the artist upon the thangka’s completion, a reception for you and 8 guests at the studio with the artist, as well as recognition on the accompanying plaque and the PreserveTibetanArt.org website. (Travel costs not included)
‘Lineage Legacy’ $100,000USD — The four schools of Tibetan Buddhism’s principle teachers and students grace the four corners of the thanbhochi. In the traditional triangular formation, they are surrounded by lush celestial and botanical environs. This includes a private reception with the artist in his studio for you and 25 guests, as well as an art quality print, signed by the artist upon the thangka’s completion, and recognition on the accompanying plaque and the PreserveTibetanArt.org website. (Travel not included)
To donate, checks can be mailed to:
Tibetan Gallery & Studio
6770 McKinley Street #130
Sebastopol, CA – 95472
Donation checks must be made payable to The Tibetan Gallery & Studio.
All donations are tax-deductible.