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Kumbum monastery

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  • sKu ’bum dgon pa
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  • Thangka
  • 19th century
  • Pigment on cotton
  • Height: 31 cm / Width: 24 cm / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Hans Leder, Inv. Nr.: 57144
  • Néprajzi Múzeum Budapest
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This coloured print commemorates the miraculous birth of Tsongkhapa and the pilgrim destination of Kumbum monastry. In the biographies of Tsongkhapa, it is told that after his birth some drops of blood fell from umbilical cord on the ground. A white sandalwood tree with a hundred thousand leaves grew at this spot. On each of them, an image of Buddha Simhanada was visible. Later a monastery was built at this place that became known as the Hundred Thousand Images – Kumbum monastery, and a stupa was built around this miraculous tree. It became the most important sacred object of veneration at Kumbum monastery. On this print, Tsongkhapa sits in deep meditation in the spherical dome of the stupa of enlightenment. Part of the stupa is covered with mantras. Some Geluk monks and Buddhas are depicted above.
© Olaf Czaja
Kumbum monastery
/ Mongolia / 19th century

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