The main belief of Tibetan Buddhism is that we all suffer the recurring cycle of samsara, (birth, death, and rebirth). Further, it is a Buddhist belief that we may free ourselves from the affliction of samsara, only by reaching an enlightened state, or nirvana. Tibetan Buddhist Art is rich with spirituality and mysticism. As we explore the vibrant colored paintings in this gallery we will investigate the extensive use of iconography and the meanings they portray. Strong influences form India, Nepal, China and all of Central Asia are seen in these paintings, mostly on cloth or silk in Thangka fashion. As we advance through the gallery we will be exposed to Buddhas, deities and ideologies of the Buddhist faith and find the value of their meaning so carefully portrayed in their creation.