Bodhi Buddha by Karma Phuntsok, Shakyamuni Buddha, Thangka Art, Buddhist Art, Bodhi leaf Buddha, Buddhist art, Tibetan Art, Tibetan artist


Bodhi Buddha is a magnificent piece honoring the historical Buddha's enlightenment. Shakyamuni is the historical Buddha who attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. In this painting, he hovers over a golden Bodhi leaf. His hand is placed down in the mudra of "calling the earth to witness." It is said that as he became enlightened, he touched the earth and asked the earth to witness his attainment. Above the Buddha are rainbow clouds with celestial beings who arrive to celebrate his attainment. In the lower left is a scene with the Buddha teaching students. At lower right is the Bhod Gaya temple, the historical site of the Buddha's enlightenment and a site of pilgrimage to this day in India. Other sacred Buddhist images are sprinkled throughout the painting: the endless knot, the wheel, the Buddha's lotus seat, a conch shell, coral, and elephant tusk offerings.

Buddha means "One who is awake to the nature of reality." Karma has painted Shakyamuni Buddha more than any other Buddha. He says that Shakyamuni is the embodiment of all the Buddhas. This painting is filled with mantra with Karma's signature dot technique: he repeats a mantra with each dot in the background.


Title: Bodhi Buddha
Artist: Karma Phuntsok

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• Fine Art Card: Made to order using a linen embossed card stock paper.


• Canvas Giclée Print: These are ready-to-hang, made on artist-grade canvas that is hand-stretched on a .75" inch deep, sustainable, non-warping wood frame.

All prints are made using the archival pigment inks, UV and fade-resistant.


Canvas Giclée Prints take 5-10 business days to create prior to shipping.
Fine Art Cards take 1-3 days prior to shipping

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(in inches)

• 6x9" Fine Art Card
• 10x14" Canvas Giclée

Larger sizes available by request!

Karma Phuntsok is a pioneer of Tibetan contemporary art and one of the few Tibetan artists who directly experienced the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959. After escaping to India, Karma studied traditional Tibetan thangka painting for several years. In the 1970's, he began to explore new techniques and materials, interweaving modern with traditional symbols. Karma's paintings are now held in public and private collections around the world. As one of today's most influential artists, Karma has also paved the way for others, both Tibetan and non-Tibetan, seeking new ways to combine traditional Tibetan iconography with contemporary work.

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