Tsakli images can convey their meanings directly without the absolute necessity for words. However, similarly to the Western ‘emblematic’ tradition, certain mantras, instructions or names recorded on the reverse of tsakli cards can help to clarify and provide extra insights. Over the years I have been compiling many examples of mystical visual art designed to “liberate on seeing” by using various means to by-pass the everyday mind and make us think about reality in another way.
Liberation is possible just by looking at an image of the Buddha, called in Tibetan ‘mthong sgrol’«Liberation [through mere] seeing». Buddhist art is able to transmit blessings, or the inspiration of great masters. “. . . if you have the inner experience of what the image symbolizes, every time you see a Mahayana painting, a deep positive imprint is placed upon your mind, and you receive transcendental wisdom. In fact, these paintings are talking to you, beyond words.” Lama Yeshe