Medicine Buddha Mandala v0.30

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Digital thangkas, offered for free

The thangkas on this page are freely downloadable. From September 2018 onwards I will add more free thangkas each month. February 1, 2019 all my current and future thangkas will be available for download.

Important and urgent notice

While you're downloading my free thangkas, please read my blog on how you can get involved in Digital Thangka painting. I am in need of some support urgently.

About the images and their use

My images are drawn on an A1-size in high resolution (at least 300dpi); the format of the image is .jpg. You can download a thangka image of your liking and use it freely: print it, use it on your website, you can even sell prints from it (donations and a reference to me are welcome in this case).

There are only two conditions. First, these are Buddhist images, treat them with respect please. Second is a restriction on their use: do not change an image in any way, such as adding other imagery or text, crop them (meaning you cannot cut off parts of it) or change its colours.
If you need another version of an image, please contact me so we can work out the details.

Excluded images

Three types of images will not be included.
Firstly, some customers commission specific thangkas and want them to be kept personal.
Secondly, some of the images for my indiegogo campaign "Painting the Mandala of the Medicine Buddha" will only be made available for my backers.
Last but not least, a lot of tantric images are only ment for certain Buddhist practitioners; you can only acquire these images on request, so feel free to contact me to discuss your needs (and credentials). Don't worry though, this still leaves a massive amount of free thangka images.

My free digital thangkas

Eight Medicine Buddhas field with Tibetan medicinal herbs

Eight Medicine Buddhas Tower FPMT (177 downloads) (18,4 MB)


This thangka is based on the description, given in the 2013 version of the Medicine Buddha sadhana by Ngawang Losang Tenpa Gyältsän, translated by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and prepared by Ven. Thubten Gyatso. Therefore it is usable in the visualization practice of said sadhana.

These are the Seven Medicine Buddhas with Buddha Shakyamuni as the eighth.
The names of the buddhas are (top/down):

  • Buddha Shakyamuni
  • Glorious King of Excellent Signs
  • King of Melodious Sound
  • Stainless Excellent Gold
  • Supreme Glory Free from Sorrow<
  • Melodious Ocean of Proclaimed Dharma
  • King of Clear Knowing
  • Medicine Buddha (Sangye Menla)

At the bottom there are six herbs used in Tibetan medicine, from left to right: cardamon, wolfberry, nutmeg, namgyal arura, medicinal ginger and eaglewood.

You can view the separate images of the buddhas on my Facebook gallery.

Manjushri

Manjushri (199 downloads) (28,0 MB)

Manjushri Thumb nail

Manjushri is a bodhisattva associated with prajñā (transcendent wisdom). He belongs to the three protective bodhisattvas surrounding the Buddha. Manjushri manifests all the Buddha's wisdom, Avalokiteśvara all the Buddha's immense compassion, and Vajrapāni all the Buddha's power.
The veera (lute) displayed is a reference to Manjushri's consort Saraswati. She is often depicted playing one, while riding a swan, hence the swan's head at the top of the lute.

Eight Medicine Buddhas field with Tibetan medicinal herbs

Eight Medicine Buddhas with Tibetan medicinal herbs (603 downloads) (20,8 MB)

Eight Medicine Buddhas with Tibetan medicinal herbs

The Seven Medicine Buddhas with Buddha Shakyamuni as the eighth.

The Buddhas from top to bottom, left to right:

  • Buddha Shakyamuni
  • Glorious King of Excellent Signs
  • King of Melodious Sound
  • Stainless Excellent Gold
  • Supreme Glory Free from Sorrow
  • Melodious Ocean of Proclaimed Dharma
  • King of Clear Knowing

In the middle the Medicine Buddha  (Sangye Menla in Tibetan) is depicted.

At the bottom there are six herbs used in Tibetan medicine, from left to right: cardamon, wolfberry, nutmeg, namgyal arura, medicinal ginger and eaglewood.

Green Tara

Green Tara (183 downloads) (24,7 MB)

Green Tara is a bodhisattva associated with compassion and action. She is seen as the female aspect of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara). It is told that she came into this world from one of his tears.
She actively protects against the Eight Fears, hence her wide open eyes as well as the posture of her legs, getting up to leave her lotus throne.

This particular thangka is dedicated to Centre de meditació Tushita, who gave me refuge when I needed it most. You can see the buildings of the centre in the hills.
The yellow flowers are local to the area; they are called Spanish broom (Spartium Junceum).

Her mantra is:
OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA

White Tara

White Tara (292 downloads)  (11,7 MB)

White Tara, the female bodhisattva of compassion, long life, healing and serenity; also known as The Wish-fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra.

White Tara Gold on Red

White Tara Gold on Red (107 downloads) (24,8 MB)

White Tara, the female bodhisattva of compassion, long life, healing and serenity; also known as The Wish-fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra.

Her mantra is: OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA

This variation of White Tara is a digital translation of a Chinese style, where gold is painted on a dark red lacquer background. As it is customary, I have painted in the eyes and face. The lotus flower is painted using faded colours.

Vajrapani

Vajrapani with naginis (70 downloads)  (21,2 MB)

Vajrapani 1_1 TN

Vajrapani is the protector and guide of Buddha Shakyamuni and symbolizes the Buddha's power. Vajrapani is extensively represented in Buddhist iconography as one of the earliest three protective deities or bodhisattvas surrounding the Buddha. Each of them symbolizes one of the Buddha's virtues: Manjushri manifests all the Buddha'' wisdom, Avalokiteshvara manifests all the Buddha's immense compassion, and Vajrapani protects the Buddha and manifests all the Buddha's power as well as the power of all five tathagatas.

For the yogi, he is a means of accomplishing fierce determination and symbolizes unrelenting effectiveness in the conquest of negativity. He is called the Master of Unfathomable Mysteries who upholds truth even in adversities of darkness and ignorance.

He is also the protector of the Nagas. Since the Naga are believed to control the rainclouds, Vajrapani is looked upon as the Rain god, and it is to him the Mahayana Buddhists appeal when rain is needed or is too abundant.

His mantra is: OM VAJRAPANI HUM

Prajnaparamita

Prajnaparamita (147 downloads) (22,7 MB)

Prajnaparamita

Prajnaparamita means "The Perfection of (Transcendent) Wisdom", refering to the  perfected way of seeing the nature of reality, as well as a collection of suttras.
This female bodhisattva with the same name is the personification of this fundamental element of the Bodhisattva path.

This image is part of the Mandala of the Medicine Buddha, a painting project I am working on for the next two years.

Prajnaparamita Line Drawing

Prajnaparamita - Line version (78 downloads)  (16,6 MB)

Prajnapramita Line Drawing

Prajnaparamita image as a line drawing.
For the description see the full-colour version of Prajnaparamita.

Eight Auspicious Symbols

Eight Auspicious Symbols (271 downloads)  (3,7 MB)

Eight Auspicious Symbols

The Eight Auspicious Symbols embody various Buddhist aspects:
Parasol – protects from all suffering caused by destructive emotions, illness, harm and other obstacles
Golden Fish – fearlessness, freedom and liberation, fertility and abundance
Treasure Vase – inexhaustible source of longevity, and fulfillment of all spiritual and material wishes
Lotus Blossom – symbolizes purity of mind and heart, transformation, compassion and all other perfect qualities
Conch Shell – symbolizes the far-reaching melodious sound of the spiritual teachings
Endless Knot – the symbol of interdependence, of how everything in the universe is interconnected
Victory Banner – symbol of victory over all disagreement, disharmony or obstacles, and the attainment of both temporary and ultimate happiness  Dharma Wheel – symbolizing the teachings of Buddha.

Eight Auspicious Symbols Tower

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Eight Auspicious Symbols Tower

For an explanation of The Eight Auspicious Symbols see the version above.

Namgyalma - three longevity deities

Three longevity deities - Namgyalma (303 downloads)  (15,8 MB)

Long Life Deities Namgyalma Amitayus White Tara

 

Namgyalma (Ushnisha Vijaya) is one of the three longevity deities, that are combined in this image; Amitayus sits to her right and White Tara to her left.
I have made two other images of these with each having a different centre figure: one with Amitayus in the middle and one with White Tara.

Amitayus - three longevity deities

Three longevity deities - Amitayus (130 downloads) (44,6 MB)

Long Life Deities Amitayus White Tara Namgyalma

Amitayus is one of the three longevity deities, that are combined in this image; White Tara sits to his right and Namgyalma (Ushnisha Vijaya) to his left.

White Tara - three longevity deities

Three longevity deities - White Tara (14 downloads) (46,7 MB)

Long Life Deities White Tara Amitayus Namgyalma

White Tara is one of the three longevity deities, that are combined in this image; Amitayus sits to her right and Namgyalma (Ushnisha Vijaya) to her left.

Lama Tsongkhapa with disciples

Lama Tsongkhapa (224 downloads)  (38,3 MB)

Lama Tsongkhapa with disciples

Lama Tsongkhapa, author of the Lamrim Chenmo, with his two disciples Gyaltsab Je (the older) and Khedrub Je (the younger).

White Tara Mantra Garland

White Tara Mantra Garland (59 downloads)  (4,6 MB)

White Tara Mantra Garland v1_0 TN

The mantra garland of White Tara. Usually the mantra is painted in the same colour of the deity,so this is a study in white on white. The garland contains the short and long mantra, and the syllables of the Tibetan alphabet. It is surrounded by protective auras and vajras.

Her short mantra is OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA
The long mantra is OM TARE TUTTARE MAMA AYUR PUNYA JNANA PUSTIM KURU SOHA

Chenrezig Mantra Garland

Om Mani Padme Hum Mantra Garland (21 downloads)  (3,5 MB)

Avalokiteshvara Mantra Garland

The mantra garland of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara in Sanskriet). The garland contains the mantra that is probably most well-known in the world:
OM MANI PADME HUM

Amitayus with mantra

Amitayus with mantra (131 downloads) (5,6 MB)

Amitayus, the sambhogakāya (enlightment) body of Amitabha.
The short mantra of Amitayus in the background reads:
OM AMARANI ZEWANTEYE SOHA

Amitabha

Amitabha (76 downloads)  (7,6 MB)

Amithaba_v2_1 TN

Amitābha is known for his longevity attribute,  the aggregate of discernment, pure perception and the deep awareness of emptiness of phenomena. According to the scriptures, Amitābha possesses infinite merits resulting from good deeds over countless past lives as a bodhisattva named Dharmakāra.
Amitābha means "Infinite Light". Since his  sambhogakāya (enlightment) body Amitāyus means "Infinite Life", Amitābha is also called "The Buddha of Immeasurable Light and Life".