Thangka painting is a uniquely Himalayan Art. A Thangka is more than a work of art; it is an object of devotion, an aid to spiritual practice, and a source of blessings to those who meditate upon it. These incredible works of art are central to Himalayan culture. A Thangka can help a meditator to learn and emulate the qualities of a particular deity or to visualize his or her path towards enlightenment. It can bring blessings on the household and serves as a constant reminder of the Buddha’s teachings of compassion, kindness, and wisdom. Thangkas of particular deities may be used for protection or to overcome obstacles.