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Sacred Art Projects

Wherever the Dharma is found, art appears also. The symbolic art of the Dharma attunes our perceptions to the sacred dimensions of time and space, enabling us to connect with the dynamic creativity of transformation. Taking form in colors, proportions, and combinations described in the scriptures, symbols communicate with subtle dimensions of consciousness, opening the heart and transmitting the blessings of the Three Jewels. As long as Dharma symbols remain int eh world, the blessings of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha will continue to support the path to enlightenment.

Sacred art has the power to represent aspects of enlightenment to our consciousness in ways we cannot ignore, enabling us to see what was previously unnoticed and to ponder what goes beyond or present understanding. Art leads the mind into holistic, more comprehensive ways of engaging sensory perceptions. Expanding the ways we think and conceptualize, Buddhist sacred art releases us from the rigidity of conditioned patterns and reveals enlightenment as our true nature.

–  Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche

Dharma Publishing supports a range of sacred art projects, enabling students to engage in this ancient for of spiritual practice while creating works of lasting beauty and depth of meaning for the benefit of all sentient beings. Below are some of our projects. We invite you to look through and share in our effort through text, photos, and video.

The Lotus Born Guru Padmasambhava Statue at Ratna Ling Retreat Center

Statue of The Lotus Born Guru Padmasambhava

The Buddha predicted that eight years after his Parinirvana would come a second Buddha, one greater than himself, who would present the Mantrayana, the Great Vehicle that directly reveals the liberating power of Dharma. Born in the northwestern land of Oddiyana, from a lotus that arose from the depths of Lake Dhanakosha, Padmasambhava brought Buddhism […]

Reservoir Stupa at Ratna Ling


The Stupa has long been a potent Buddhist symbol, a pure manifestation of enlightenment. Constructed in accord with universal principles and empowered with the knowledge conveyed through the Buddhist lineages, stupas promote harmony and balanced in the world. Magnified many times over by the relics sealed within, their ability to defuse the forces of chaos […]

The Windhorse

Sculpted at Ratna Ling under the guidance of Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, the Windhorse (rlung-rta) is a rich, evocative, and multi-faceted symbol within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Vital and agile the Windhorse carries 6 flaming Jewels on its back over craggy terrain in which each of the 8 auspcious symbols are embedded. One interpretation holds that […]


Garuda, the ‘Devourer’ is the mythical Lord of Birds and sworn enemy of the nagas. Among the rich symbolism of Garuda, he might be used to personify certain wrathful forms of Padmasambhava or as a guardian of treasures. He is also associated with the North of the mandala acting as the vehicle of the Dhyani […]

The 8 Auspicious Symbols

Auspicious Symbols – Upon attaining enlightenment it is said that the great vedic Gods presented Shakyamuni Buddha with offerings. These offerings comprise a set of 8 Auspicious Symbols (Skt. Astamangala, Tib. Bkra-shis rtags-brgyad). These symbols, which convey many layers of meaning, have been skilfully crafted by our resident artists, resulting in a series of one-of-a-kind […]