Can I Hang Up A Thangka Received as a Gift?

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Can I Hang Up A Thangka Received as a Gift?

Postby Mr. G » Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:52 pm

I received a very nice thangka of White Mahakala from a very good friend. He even had it specially framed, and I believe just the framing itself cost a good deal of money (possibly around $300). My friend doesn't know much about Tibetan Buddhism, and took the thangka solely to be a piece of art. I know I'm not supposed to hang up thangkas in my apartment like it's just a piece of art, but I also would not like to offend my friend. Thoughts?
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Re: Can I Hang Up A Thangka Received as a Gift?

Postby conebeckham » Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:57 pm

Hang it up!

Treat it with respect, maybe arrange a small table underneath it with some flowers, or something....doesn't have to be too elaborate, you know.

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Re: Can I Hang Up A Thangka Received as a Gift?

Postby heart » Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:33 pm

Mr. G wrote:I received a very nice thangka of White Mahakala from a very good friend. He even had it specially framed, and I believe just the framing itself cost a good deal of money (possibly around $300). My friend doesn't know much about Tibetan Buddhism, and took the thangka solely to be a piece of art. I know I'm not supposed to hang up thangkas in my apartment like it's just a piece of art, but I also would not like to offend my friend. Thoughts?


White Mahakala, that is very auspicious! Have it consecrated by a qualified lama and put it up.

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That long will you not recognize the view of the innermost secret heart-essence."

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Re: Can I Hang Up A Thangka Received as a Gift?

Postby Malcolm » Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:11 pm

Mr. G wrote:I received a very nice thangka of White Mahakala from a very good friend. He even had it specially framed, and I believe just the framing itself cost a good deal of money (possibly around $300). My friend doesn't know much about Tibetan Buddhism, and took the thangka solely to be a piece of art. I know I'm not supposed to hang up thangkas in my apartment like it's just a piece of art, but I also would not like to offend my friend. Thoughts?



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Re: Can I Hang Up A Thangka Received as a Gift?

Postby Mr. G » Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:36 pm

Thank you all!

White Mahakala was the first empowerment I ever received, and it was from Luding Khen Rinpoche. :smile:
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Re: Can I Hang Up A Thangka Received as a Gift?

Postby deepbluehum » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:03 am

Hang it with the 8 offerings.

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Re: Can I Hang Up A Thangka Received as a Gift?

Postby ngodrup » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:16 am

And put a khatags over it.


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