This painting depicts the Life of Buddha and the twelve important events during Shakyamuni's life. The events include his promise to be born as a human so that he could help sentient beings and guide us from ignorance into enlightenment, his dedication to the pursuit of learning during childhood, his renunciation of worldly life, his defeat of Mara (Mara is the Buddhist idea of death and desire), and his passage into Parinirvana (final Nirvana). There are 12 events in all, and each are depicted in this thangka. This thangka was hand-painted in Nepal by a skilled thangka maker. This thangka is mounted in brocade. The size of the thangka with the brocade is 40 inches long and 25 inches wide, and the size of the painting alone is 18 inches long and 14 inches wide. For more information on the 12 events in Buddha's Life, please see our Life of Buddha article.