Thangkas, statues and ritual objects of Tibetan Buddhism - with correct iconography and of the highest artistic quality - this is Tibetan Lama Art
And Tibetan Lama Art is Manoj Rauniar.
Manoj Rauniar hails from Kathmandu in Nepal. His family have been running a Thangka gallery in the country for three generations.
Having grown up with this sacred art, he has acquired extensive knowledge of the craftsmanship involved in painting Thangkas and creating statues. For over 30 years he has been furthering his knowledge of the meanings and rich symbolism found in Buddhist art.
For me, an object isn’t just an artefact; it is also an object of meditation and a repository of Buddhist knowledge.
His in-depth knowledge puts him in a position where he can offer individual advice to his customers.
Which statue can help me in my current life situation? Which Thangka can best support my Buddhist practice? Which object would ideally complement my current collection?
Manoj Rauniar provides answers to such questions.
At Tibetan Lama Art, personal consultation is our top priority.
Tibetan Lama Art is honoured to be able to present and offer our customers carefully-selected, exquisite objects from Tibetan Buddhism - and also procure these upon request.
Over a number of decades, Manoj Rauniar has developed contacts with traditional artist families in the Kathmandu Valley, and is therefore in a position to acquire some quite exceptional art objects.
Tibetan Lama Art has made a conscious decision to focus on contemporary sacred art in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Contemporary Buddhist Art
Antique Buddhist artworks are also very well received on the international market, fetching high prices at auction. And antique pieces will always have a story to tell: Where are they from originally? And what corners of the world have they been taken to? What were they used for and how?
In Buddhism, sacred objects are used for meditation, either by their owners or at a special location, e.g. in monasteries. Based on how they have been used, a specific energetic imprint is made on the ritual object. There is also a ritual where prayer scrolls are inserted into the statues, along with perhaps a few relics of the owner. A Buddhist master who is close to the owner of the statue will usually perform an individual blessing.
At Tibetan Lama Art, we think it‘s important that statues and Thangkas solely express their own innate energy.
For this reason, our pieces are primarily new objects from the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon. The traditional production methods and the karmic-oriented work of the artists result in the creation of unique pieces of art, which exert their effect solely by themselves.
This means that the prospective owner is responsible for the energetic alignment of the statue or thangka.
Preserving cultural heritage
Through our objects at Tibetan Lama Art, we value the role we play in providing an impression of the high sacred craftsmanship that is still found in Nepal today. We consider it a moral obligation to help preserve as a cultural asset in Nepal these traditional handicrafts and production methods.