The lectures and exhibitions organized by World Center for Peace and Unity will leave a unique impression on all participants with the charm of Nepalese culture. The Buddha statues, Thangka and other exhibits are all hand crafted by local masters in Nepal using ancient techniques. These delicately-carved solemn looking artifacts have extraordinary collection values.
Representatives of Nepalese Buddhist Art – Buddha Statue and Thangka
Among many handicrafts in Nepal, the Buddha statue and Thangka undoubtedly represent the longest lineage and the highest level techniques, and the greatest achievement ever made in Nepal which makes them the most worthy of collections.
The gilded bronze Buddha statues made by Sakya tribe can be claimed to represent the highest level in this field all over the world.
The most important step of the statue making process is to carve the face. The connotation of the Buddha and Bodhisattva should be accurately depicted but the true meaning can only be comprehended rather than verbal expression. Because most of the faces of the Nepalese Buddha statues are made of pure gold, the cost of making a statue is expensive and cannot be modified repeatedly. The carving and painting skills of the artisans are very demanding and they often have to work at a stretch. Nepalese Buddha and Bodhisattvas statues are made with perfect integration of intrinsic compassion and extrinsic delicate and smooth shape, therefore it enjoys a very important reputation in world history of Buddhist arts.
Thangka is an important Buddhist painting art which enjoys a long history in Nepal dating back to the 5th century.
The process for creating a Nepalese Thangka is particularly complicated. Before painting, the artist should choose an auspicious day to bathe and clean the body, burn incense and pray, then begin to prepare materials for the Thangka while chanting the Buddhist scripture. After the material preparation, a set of process is carried out to produce the product, such as making canvas, composition drafting, coloring and dyeing, hooking and shaping, paving gold, opening eyes, sewing and consecrating. The time for making a Thangka can vary from month to year depending on the complexity of the painting. The pigments of Thangka are even more elaborated, which include traditional raw materials of precious mineral gemstones such as gold, silver, pearl, agate, coral, pine stone, malachite, cinnabar, and natural plants such as saffron, rhubarb, blue dragonfly. These natural pigments enable the painting to maintain the original color for a hundred years or even a thousand years.
Handmade art work such as Thangka or appliques , which are from the hands of local masters in Nepal, fully present the unique Buddhist artistic charm of Nepal.
Tea Party for Seeking the Buddhist Treasures
The Center will hold tea parties, where statues of Buddha, Thangka, and the Seven Buddhist Treasures are at auction waiting for those with karmic connection to collect.