Saturday, 26 November 2016

Cloth Stamps - Update

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Bhutan 1969 Religious Thanka Paintings Silk Stamps Folder Set

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Issue date 30 September 1969

Religious Thankas or Banners are paintings of sacred and ceremonial subjects which are hung on Buddhist Temples. Bhutan Post has issued a set of 5 rayon silk stamps honouring his Holiness Jamyang Yeshey Singhay Rimpoche, late Head Lama of Bhutan, who attained Nirvana on 12 March 1969.

15 CH Stamp - Je Tsongkhapa (or Lobsangtrakpa). Religious Scholar of the 14th century who had visions of Lord Manjusri. He is addressed as Gyalwa (Lord) Tsongkhapa. On the stamp painting he is depicted in Dharmachakra Mudra seated on a white elephant. In Mahayana mythology, the white elephant stands for steadiness and balance of mind.

75 CH Stamp - Chana Dorji (Vajrapani) is a divine Bodhisattva emanating from the Dhyani Buddha Aksobhya. On the stamp painting he is depicted in a wrathful manifestation wearing the skull head dress of a Heruka with a vajra in this right hand and his left hand in karana mudra. He wears a chain of devil heads with a snake coiled around the chain. He symbolises the might of the Buddhas and is worshipped by those who seek cure from serpent spirits afflictions.

2 NU Stamp - Sangay Marmey-dzey considered the Sixth Buddha the enlightener and illuminator. In the stamp painting the Buddha is depicted as seated in vyakhyana (preaching) mudra

5 NU Stamp - Three great teachers - In Mahayana scriptures the noblest Bodhisattvas, out of compassion, refuse Nirvana so that they might benefit the afflicted humanity. They periodically descend to earth in human form to preach and illuminate the lives of mankind. The painting depict 3 great teachers.

6 NU Stamp - Chenresik, Jampeyang and Tashithagye - On the stamp painting, on the left side is Chenresik (Avalokiteswara), in the centre Tashi-thagye (Eight Auspicious Signs) in the form of a pot and on the right side is Jampeyang (Manjusri).

Chenresik in the painting is depicted in white color with four arms, one pair of which holds a rosary and the other pair a lotus flower. He is the supreme embodiment of compassion whose essence is expressed in the famous 6 syllable chant "Om Manipadme hum" He is believed to to perpetually incarnated in successive Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Tashi-thagye (Eight Auspicious Signs) spell sanctity and happiness

Jampeyang in the painting is depicted in red and is the symbol of saving knowledge. He holds a book and a sword for knowledge. The sword and book represents severing the fetters (chains) of ignorance.

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