Wheel of Life: The Buddhist monk’s belief in “bhavachakra” the Wheel of Life is captured in this mandala. This complex picture represents existence of cycle of life, rebirth, and sufferings to summarize the purpose of Buddhism is to escape this all together. The wheel represents the very reasons for the suffering of our mortal form, through both horrific and sublime imagery, and we can find similar images on the walls of many Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan regions.
What is Thangka?
A thangka sometime spelled thanka or tangka is important meditative paintings in Buddhism. The painting usually depicts Buddhist deities, scene or mandala. These paintings serve as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas (teachers or monks), and other deities.
Thangkas are traditionally kept unframed and rolled up when not on display, mounted on a textile backing. They are delicate paintings and must be kept in dry places away from high level of moisture.