The Wheel of Life

IMG_0280---Wheel-life-1The Wheel of Life symbolises the limitations of mundane existence. At the centre of the wheel is a cook, a snake, and a pig, representing greed, hatred and spiritual ignorance. The whole wheel rotates around these qualities.

The six main segments of the wheel represent different realms that beings are born into, and also different states of mind that we can find ourselves trapped into at times. The heavenly realms are at the top, then the “Jealous Gods” human beings, animals, “Hungry Ghosts” and the different hellish states at the bottom.

The whole wheel is in the grip of Yama, the “Lord of Death”, or “Lord of Impermanence”, who is biting into the wheel and is tearing it apart.

At the top right of the thangka, out of Yama’s sight, is a Buddha figure. He points to the top left, rewards an enlightened being who has dedicated himself to helping mankind.

This indicates that the practice of Wisdom and Compassion is a way out of the limitations of the Wheel.


The Wheel of Life

Painting: 33 x 46cms
Brocade Frame: 80 x 100cms
Painting: Water based Paint and Gold on Gessoed Cloth
Brocade Frame: Predominantly Deep Indigo and Gold Silk Brocade.
Outer Framing Mount: Yellow – Green Silk Brocade.
Deep Maroon Silk Ribbons.
Oxide of Chromium Silk Cover.
Patterned Brass Knobs on Lower Rod.

Price: £500

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