It is ironical and even absurd that my journey in collecting Tibetan material began from being impressed by their ideology of renunciation of material wealth!\nThe life seen in Tibet as I understood it, was based on the pursuit of\u00a0 control of one\u2019s demands rather\u00a0 than engaging in the pursuits of supplying items to fulfill those demands.\nThe lure of their ideology was so strong that I wanted to imbibe those principles. And so I went to Tibet\u00a0 10 years ago.\nDid I bring back the spirit? The thoughts \u2013 did I import the thinking? No\u00a0 \u2013 I was not strong enough.\nInstead I chose to bring back little objects of material wealth. Exactly the opposite of the philosophy. Pangdens, purses, flint lighters, jewelry, etc etc.\nIt is a failure\u00a0 \u2026 to be besotted by an idea and then to be doing exactly the opposite.\nI am still formulating a thought that will rationalise this fail and make me seem aligned with the thought!\n***\nOver the various trips to different Buddhist cultures in the Himalayan belt, I began to notice Thangkas.\u00a0 But since it is a living tradition, many hundreds are produced even today every year.\u00a0 Some are made in the same spirit as originally intended \u2013 by monks as a devotional practice \u2013 and others produced commercially.\u00a0 So I needed to study them more to get my eye to understand the the nuances. Someday there will be enough time to read books and ask the monk masters to teach me how to interpret what I see. But for now, sitting in my apartment in Singapore the internet is my teacher.\u00a0 For now, artwork after artwork is examined\u00a0 mainly to figure out my personal preference \u2013 the learning can follow later.\nSifting through hundreds of pieces visually, it became clear what pieces look common and what pieces are fringe pieces with few other parallels.\nAnd so I settled on these \u2013 and acquired some over a period.\nThe category is \u2018astrological charts\u2019 and here is a third one that came to me:\n\n\nThese are influenced by both the Hindu and the Chinese ideology, both that I am now familiar with so .. the first interpretations are easy. But to \u2018get\u2019 the essence completely much more study will be needed\u2026\nMore to look forward to!\nSept 2017\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post The Irony of my tiny Astrological Thangka Collection appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.