Thangka depicting Wheel of Life. 1280h x 940w.
a special deity, the particular attributes of which assist a practitionerâ€™s spiritual progression. A yidam is often allocated to a practitioner by a mentor who understands the practitionerâ€™s specific needs. By inhabiting the body and attributes of the yidam through meditation a practitioner can work to erode the obstacles to enlightenment. Since thangka are sacred objects their manufacture follows careful guidelines. For example, thangka painters must follow pre-established templates when depicting specific deities. Not to do so would jeopardise the efficacy of the thangka. It is also argued that thangka painters should approach their work in a right-minded manner