The artist, Kalsang Nyima, who painted the eight auspicious symbols that are being shared here, is a Yungdrung Bön monk highly trained in the art of painting sacred images. Among those who know him, Kalsang Nyima is known as Lharila, which translates as ‘Painter of the Gods’. He has a peaceful and joyful manner, and although having vast amounts of knowledge, he is unassuming.
He was born in the northern region of Nepal called Dolpo. Dolpo is remote and mountainous and although part of Nepal, it is culturally Tibetan. At the age of 3, his father decided that he was to become a monk. At the age of 9, he took his novice vows. He spent his childhood learning the Yungdrung Bön practices and undergoing many intensive retreats. At the age of 21, he walked for one month in order to reach Kathmandu for the opportunity to study with the senior most teacher of the Yungdrung Bön tradition, His Eminence Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche.
In 2000, the head lama of the Bönpo monastery in Sikkim requested that Lharila come and teach the young monks. He spent many years teaching various subjects including grammar, science, religion and the sacred arts. In 2006, Lharila was invited to the United States and Mexico. He traveled extensively teaching and painting. He has been the principal artist involved in painting the Great Stupa for World Peace in Valle de Bravo, Mexico where he currently resides.