Image 5: Atisha

Shambhala and the Prague Thangka: The Myth’s Visual Representation

Image 5: Atisha

Two historical figures are represented in the Prague thangka. The elder one is the founder of the Tibetan Buddhist order of Kadampa, the Bengali teacher Atisha (also known as Jowo Palden Atisha, Tib. Jo bo dpal dan a ti sha, 982–1054). He is not portrayed typically, with his two prominent disciples; instead, there is a small stupa to his right and a vessel at his left.