Monday, February 14, 2011


Marpa, 2010
acrylic on paper
30 x 22" (sheet)

Marpa Lotsava  (1012-1097) made important contributions to the spread of Buddhism in Tibet by traveling to India, studying with Indian Buddhist teachers, and bringing back and translating important texts.  He founded the Kagyu order and most famously was the teacher of Milarepa. 

This work was inspired by a 13th century Tibetan thanka which shows Marpa in a faily idealized light, compared with other depictions that show him with a stern countenance that accords more with the gruff and difficult personality described in biographies. 

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