Thangkas by Mayumi Oda


Dear Friends,

Thangkas (pronounced TAHN kahs) are Tibetan paintings portraying Buddhist deities or mandalas. Rich in symbolism and allusion, thangkas act as a teaching tool for students of Buddhism. Mayumi‚Äôs thangkas were painted during her activist years when she founded ‚ÄúPlutonium Free Future‚ÄĚ in Japan and Berkeley, California.

Known to many as the ‚ÄúMatisse of Japan,‚ÄĚ Mayumi Oda has done extensive work with female goddess imagery. Born to a Buddhist family in Japan in 1941, Mayumi studied fine art and traditional Japanese fabric dyeing. In 1966 she graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts. In 2010, California Institute of Integral Studies awarded Mayumi an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts and Spirituality. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Yale University Art Gallery, and elsewhere.

Mayumi has wonderfully donated the unique, museum-quality thangkas shown here to the Zen Peacemakers. There will be a silent auction during the Symposium for Socially Engaged Buddhism (Aug 9-14) to raise funds for the Zen Peacemakers activities in Socially Engaged Buddhism. Purchases are half tax deductible. We are inviting those on our mailing list to also bid. Each day we will announce the largest bid for that day and give individuals and organizations the opportunity to bid during the next day. At the end of the week we will announce the winning bid for these beautiful art treasures.

White Tara [2003]

Size: 11 feet by 5 feet
Retail: $50,000


Minimum bid: $25,000

Dakini, the Sky Walker [1987]

Size: 11 feet by 5 feet
Retail: $50,000
Minimum bid: $25,000

Zen Peacemakers is a 501(c)(3) organization. You can bid on either or both of these extraordinary thangkas by calling Laurie at 413-367-5272 or by sending an email to Thangka Bid.

With deep appreciation and with much love,

Bernie Glassman


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