Three Main Doors
The body, speech and mind are considered as the three main doors. These three doors are not merely paths through which objects, speech and thoughts come from and go to the human body. These three doors are “emptiness, singleness and aimlessness.” The picture portrays the body as Buddha, speech as prayer flags and mind as stupa. Normally, these three objects are kept in every Buddhist altar or house to attain the state of the three doors. They also serve as a reminder of the impermanence of life.
Title: Three Main Doors
Medium: Natural Pigment
Exhibited In: Healing with Happiness
Price: Price on Request
Artwork Code: HWH91
Born 1984, from Lhuentse
My name is Rinzin Dorji, but people know me as Dotshon Dorji (Dotshon meaning mineral colours). The art of painting murals and frescoes with pigments has been passed down from my great- grandfather’s generation. I studied at the School of Thirteen Traditional Arts for six years and worked closely with the master painters when I realised it was challenging to find natural colours and we had to depend on imports. Now I am reviving the tradition of using minerals found locally in the hope to preserve our culture. In 2021, I was awarded the “Seal of Excellence” for the quality of my thangka (scroll). I also received the Brand Bhutan 2022 award. Currently, I am in the process of creating 100% Bhutanese made thangkas with natural nettle fibre canvas. The murals in Bhutan show important features of the natural pigment because it lasts long and offers a unique colour.