Hung's Arts Foundation

Just glance into the vivid brick-red world of thangka and you will never remove your stare. Executive director Serena Hung fell in love with the rich world of Thangka when she first saw the Vajrapani Mahachakra Thangka. Serena witnessed the level of devotion that the Tibetan Monk artists put into their work at Robin Museum in New York. She was moved by the dedication and the years it took to complete a single thangka. That dedication and the rich concepts expressed through the graphics of the unique Tibet religious art still touch and calm her heart.
Central Tibet, 14th Century

Amitabha means endless life or eternal life. He is the most popular deity in both tangka and sculpture. This motif is found commonly in Chinese and Tibetan Buddhist art. This Amitabha has red skin with dark-blue clothes. His exposed skin is adorned in resplendent jewelry, necklace, bracelets, and such. He is seated on a colorful lotus stand in the Dhyanamudra position. This gesture is usually used while deep in meditation.