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Monday, November 21, 2011

The Marymount Series: Wheel of Life

A thangka (Tibetan silk painting) with motif of the Bhavacakra (Tibetan: སྲིད་པའི་འཁོར་ལོ་), purchased in 2007 in the Old City Centre of Kathmandu, Nepal.  The Bhavacakra, or wheel of life, is a graphical representation of samsara, the cycle of existence of all beings central of the Buddhist concept of reincarnation and karma.  The detail of this thangka shown in this photo depicts a fierce figure with a crown of skulls holding the wheel of life. This fierce figure represents impermanence, and different layers within the wheel depict the three poisons of ignorance, attachment and aversion, karma, the six realms of samsara and the twelve links of dependent origination (Wikipedia). 

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