The 'thangka' painting is the traditional sacred artwork of Tibetan
Mahayana Buddhism. The motifs and images rendered in the thangka are
based upon 1000 years of artistic tradition and development. Hand painted
on canvas with the greatest delicacy and care, the most common use of
the thangka is as a wall hanging, where it is meant to induce a positive
and sacred energy in the home or space where it is displayed, as well
as to ward off evil spirits. Tibetan monks and mystics have traditionally
used thangkas as objects for meditation and in healing ceremonies.