Tibetan Thankas (Thangkas)
by Kayla Komito

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H.H. the Dalai Lama:

"You indeed have an artistic gift and talent, which is clearly evident from the beautiful thankas you have painted."

Robert A.F. Thurman:

"You have created a masterpiece. It is stunning. I salute you with all sincere gratitude."

Gehlek Rinpoche:

"There is nothing in your thankas which is not authentic."


About the artist and her work:

All the images in Kayla's thankas are created using traditional iconic grid lines, colors and so forth. It is also traditional with Tibetan thankas that the background images may express the patron's or the artist's unique interests and vision. Original thankas are produced on archival quality D'Arches watercolor paper using the highest quality light-fast watercolors. The limited edition fine art giclee prints adhere to the same strict archival standards.

View Kayla's most recent painting.

Kayla has been authorized to paint thankas by her lamas: Tara Tulku Rinpoche (the former abbot of Gyuto Monastery) and Kyabje Denma Locho Rinpoche (the former abbot of Namgyal Monastery). Because thankas are used as meditation tools in Tibetan Buddhism, Kayla engages in the appropriate preparatory meditation practices before each painting session. All the original thankas in this collection were commissioned by Tibetan Buddhist meditators who were seeking high quality images created with a sacred attitude.

Read more about how and why Kayla began painting thankas. Visit galleries of Kayla's images of the sacred feminine and Marian images. Here are some useful links to Tibetan art sites.

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