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Meaning of Wheel of Life Mandala Thangka

Thangka painting depicting Bhavachakra, also known as the Wheel of Life. It is made in the form of mandala - a complex picture representing the Buddhist view of the Universe. The Wheel of Life illustrates the essence of the Buddhist teachings, the Four Truths: the existence of earthly suffering; its origin & cause; the ending or prevention of misery; and the practice path to liberation from suffering.


The Wheel of Life describes the cause of all evil and its effects, mirrored in earthly phenomena. Picture by picture it reminds one that everyone is their own judge and responsible for their own fate. The ultimate purpose of this painting is to show the way out of the world of suffering into the sphere beyond, which is known as Nirvana.

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