For more information on tsakli and their functions in Tibetan Buddhism please
original tsakli page.
Here we are presenting a small part of the collection of tsakli we have
accumulated in over a decade of collecting this little known but very
affordable expression of
We use the word "tsakli" and Tibetan "initiation card" interchangeably.
"Tsaqli" is a variant
of the spelling. Many Tibetans pronounce the word with a silent "k" so it
sounds more like sal-li.
We had the choice of either presenting detailed photos of a smaller number of
tsakli or showing
group photos of a larger number and only providing an occasional detailed
photograph. Because we have such a large collection we
have decided to do a little of both. On this page we will be displaying
group page of tsakli
shows many more cards, but without the opportunity to see a full view of any
but a small sampling.
As will be apparent from our display here the painting quality on tsaklis can
anywhere from near thangka quality range of detail and expression to very
cartoon-like. Many tsakli lend themselves
readily to matting and framing, either individually or in groups.