Lama Gyurme, a Tibetan artist trained at Mindroling monastery in central Tibet and who painted and designed all of the art in the Tara Mandala Temple, is continuing his work to complete the temple design.
Lama Gyurme will paint 29 individual Dzogchen Mandalas that will be hung covering the entire ceiling of the Temple shrine room (Nirmanakaya). The choice of these particular mandalas was made with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche‘s guidance. This will be an extremely unique set of mandalas that can trigger ‘liberation through seeing’. These mandalas were in the original plans for the temple. Lama Tsultrim is very excited to start this next phase of making the temple truly a ‘liberation through seeing’ experience. Please see below for a design of the entire ceiling and close-ups of each mandala.
Each mandala will be painted by hand on canvas and then installed on the temple ceiling. The Mandala’s range in their complexity and can take between a few weeks and a few months to complete, thus the difference in sponsorship amount for each.
There is an opportunity to sponsor one or more of the Dzogchen mandalas and create a marvelous interdependent connection with Tara Mandala and the practices represented in the mandala. We welcome sponsorship dedications. Feel free to make dedications to a special individual, a cause or an aspiration near to your heart. You will receive a color image of the mandala you are sponsoring when completed as well as have your name and dedication listed in the temple in a book about the mandalas. If you are looking to make your sponsorship more cost-effective, we suggest organizing a group of sangha members in sponsoring one of the mandalas and sharing in the experience with your group!
Q: What order will the mandalas be painted in?
A: As we receive sponsorship for the mandala images, the funds and information will be transferred to Lama Gyurme who will begin working on that piece. He will paint the mandalas in the order they are sponsored waiting to begin work until sponsorship.
Q: How long does it take to paint one mandala?
A: The mandalas vary in their complexity. It will take Lama Gyurme from a few weeks to a few months to paint each mandala depending on how complex the design is. The sponsorship amount of each mandala reflects the number of hours Lama Gyurme has estimated it will take to complete that particular piece.
Q: Can a group of sangha members sponsor one of the mandalas?
A: Yes of course. We simply ask that you organize payment among yourselves and have one member of the group make the payment. We are unable to process multiple payments for one mandala. Upon payment, if each individual in the group would like a tax letter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the names and amounts sponsored by the members of your group. In the subject of the email, please include “Ceiling Mandala Sponsorship,” the name of your mandala, and “Group Tax Letters”.
For any other questions regarding payment, please email email@example.com with “Ceiling Mandalas Question” in the subject line.
The three-story, 12,000 sq. ft. Tara Temple was built between 2007 and 2009 using the skills of traditional Bhutanese wood carvers and Tibetan artists. Lama Gyurme Rabgye was the visual artist and painter of the entire temple and worked closely with David Petit and Lama Tsultrim Allione to create one of the most exquisite representations of Vajrayana Buddhist cosmology in the world. His work is featured throughout the inside and outside of the temple, with unique imagery on each of the four entrance facades.
In 2017, Lama Tsultrim and Tara Mandala commissioned Lama Gyurme to paint twenty-nine individual mandalas that will cover the ceiling of the shrine room (Nirmanakaya). Each mandala is unique with exquisite detail and profound significance that can trigger ‘liberation through seeing’.
The choice of these particular mandalas was made with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche‘s guidance. These mandalas were in the original plans for the temple. Lama Tsultrim is very excited to start this next phase of making the temple truly a ‘liberation through seeing’experience. Please see above for the design of the entire ceiling.
Each mandala will be painted by hand on canvas and then installed on the temple ceiling. The mandala’s range in their complexity and can take between a few weeks and a few months to complete thus the different sponsorship amounts for each.