Illuminated Iconographic Tibetan Calligraphy

Homage to The Three Jewels

Chinese ink, Japanese mineral paint and red gold leaf on Bhutanese tsasho paper, 57 x 84 cm, 2012

This illuminated manuscript demonstrates four classic calligraphy traditions. At the top is Sanskrit Lantsa, that reads ‘namo Buddha ya, namo Dharma ya, namo Sangha ya’. The following lines are translations of this phrase in Tibetan Uchen and Petsug styles and Celtic English script.

For Tibetan Buddhists, the three fold refuge: ‘Buddha, Dharma and Sangha’ is known as ‘The Three Precious Jewels” དཀོན་མཆོག་གསུམ།. This is illustrated at the top of the art piece. Three round wish fulfilling jewels are seated on a moon disk and a multi-coloured lotus flower, decorated with a pattern of pure gold leaf.

This art piece was created for the Contemporary Calligraphy Museum 2012 Biennial exhibition in Moscow, and is also available as a limited edition print.

Homage to The Three Jewels - Tibetan Calligraphy