The original from which the print is taken is painted in the Karma Gadri style of thangka painting. “Milarepa’s Dream of the Four Pillars”. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche uses traditional materials and iconography, though it is unusual for the subject of a thangka to contain an image representing a dream.
The style was developed in the 16th century by Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage to which Chögyam Trungpa belonged.
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1940-1987) is recognized for playing a pivotal role in the transmission of genuine Buddhadharma to the West. One of the first Tibetan Buddhist teachers to come to America, he established Shambhala International. He is the author of bestselling books on the Buddhist teachings. He was a poet, painter, and calligrapher who coined the term “dharma art,” and whose teachings on dharma art describe a profound connection between meditative mind and the creative process.
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