An Old Thangka

An Old Thangka

An Old Thangka


Thopa Rangdrol writes under the pen name Shoklung (Morning Wind). He was born in Amdo Golok in the 1980s. He has studied at Serta Monastry and Rongwo monastery in Tibet. His writings were published on several Tibetan magazines including the “Nationalities Literary Magazine”. He has published a book called “The Dream of An Education” in 2009.

An Old Thangka
By Shoklung (Morning Wind)

In this old black tent,
lives this dusty old Thangka,
bought from the Lhasa barkhor
when both the Gyelwa and Panchen(1)
still lived in Tibet.
The figure on the Thangka,
that of Chenrezig.
Even though the painting is old,
its blessings have not vanished.
It is worth a thousand statues.
In the hearts of my white-haired,
mani-saying parents,
this Thangka is their Lhasa Jowo(2),
this Thangka their Gyelwa, their Panchen.


1) His Holiness the Dalai lama and Panchen Lama

2) Jowo Shakyamuni

(Translated by Dhondup Tashi Rekjong)