Tibetan Art and Crafts
During your tour in Tibet. You will encounter with lots of Tibetan Art and Crafts during your Tibet travel. Here are our attempt to help you understand the real meaning behind all the artwork in Tibet.
Buddhism plays a Dominate role in every aspect of our daily life in Tibet. Throughout the Tibetan History, we gave higher importance to spiritual matters than compare with the materialistic development. Tibetan art and crafts can reflect this fact. All our Arts and crafts are either originate or focus of religious values. Many of those signs and symbols are often used for decorating the interior of the house or furniture.
We often consider thousand of volumes of literary works, the numbers of profoundly realize mystics and scholars as the greatest accomplishment of our culture. All the visual art and crafts are explicitly dedicating to help raise the level of realization for the Spiritual practitioners.
The primary purpose of spiritual practice in Buddhist is to attain enlightenment that frees us from the cyclic existence of Saṃsāra. The goal of Buddhist work of art is to aid the practitioners as a source of inspiration and as the object of Meditation.
In Tibetan religious art, The images deities and other iconic figures are generally the Images that have appeared in the vision of great masters while mediating. The artist has followed the guideline from the scripture. And an ordinary artist cannot modify it. To make changes to the instructions of the art out artist must follow the new directions from the vision of the realized contemporary masters and with their permission.
We can observe the Tibetan religious artwork on several levels. On the general appearance, it is beautiful artwork and could convey some spiritual qualities to those who see it. One the more in-depth level, it is an aid for the spiritual practice. The object became the inspiration for the meditator. Many travelers think we Tibetans are worshiping the idols, but in the real sense, we are only taking it as the inspiration after seeing the images of enlightened masters.