The Buddha Hall main altar will have beautiful statues and paintings to inspire our minds to think of the buddhas’ qualities and remind us of our own potential to become buddhas ourselves. The Abbey commissioned traditional thangka painter Tenzin Ngodup to create a new painting of Manjushri, Buddha of Wisdom, to hang alongside the new Shakyamuni Buddha statue that will be seated in the center of the altar.
Tenzin studied under master Tibetan painters and has created beautiful buddha images in the traditional way for decades. He now teaches this ancient art at his Institute of Tibetan Thangka Arts near Dharamsala in India. In this series of photos, you can see how the painting developed. Watch this video to learn more about the process.