The Primordial Rigden Thangka and the Shambhala Lineage
with Cynthia Moku
The Primordial Rigden thangka portrays the basic enlightened nature of all human beings, their basic goodness. Cynthia Moku worked closely with the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in creating the thangka and knows everything about its symbolism and meaning.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche designed this thangka to be placed on public shrines in Shambhala Centres throughout the world. He was pointing to the unique spiritual inheritance of the Shambhala community - an inheritance that braids together the Buddhist lineages preserved by the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions in Tibet, practices of the Zen and other Chinese and Japanese traditions, with the specific wisdom the Buddha imparted to King Dawa Sangpo, the first sovereign of Shambhala.
Cynthia Moku is an accomplished artist in Japanese brushwork and Buddhist Scroll painting. Cynthia began her training in the Buddhadharma in 1973, under the guidance of the great meditation master and teacher, Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche. She continues her training now, under the guidance of The Sakyong Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche. Cynthia is the founder of Naropa University’s Visual Art Degree Program.
You can hear an interview with Cynthia on the "Chronicles of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche" project here: http://chronicleproject.com/chroniclesradio_dispatches/2007_07_12.html
Here's a series of articles on Cynthia in the Shambhala Times: http://shambhalatimes.org/2010/02/26/lhadrima-a-painters-journey/