The Primordial Rigden thangka hangs as the central image on the public shrine in Shambhala
Centres worldwide. Every detail of the image was designed by
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and meticulously painted by artist Cynthia
Moku. This booklet explains in simple language why the thangka
is there and what it means. Generously illustrated throughout, it discusses the thangka and its creation, as well as the iconography of
the Primordial Rigden an image that fuses spiritual and temporal,
sacred and secular aspects of life. It is especially helpful to Shambhala Centre visitors and other curious viewers. Topics include:
The meaning of "Rigden" (general and specific)
The Shambhala Buddhist lineage
The function of a shrine in a Shambhala Centre
The iconography of the thangka and its meaning
The making of the thangka, prints, and film
Softcover, 5" x 7"
Also recommended: Realizing Confidence: Making the Primordial Rigden Thangka, a DVD including comments about the iconography by the Sakyong and thangka painter Cynthia Moku.