The Four Harmonious Friends | Photos of Tibet
Photo of a painting of the Four Harmonious Friends, Tashilunpo monastery, Tibet.
We came across two paintings of the Four Harmonious Friends on the panel of doors at Tashilunpo. A bird is sitting on a hare which is standing on a monkey which in turn is sitting on an elephant underneath a fruit bearing tree.
The story behind the painting relates to the Buddha's teachings about the realisation of our interdependence, unity, cooperation and friendship for the greater good. All the animals are benefitting from the fruit of the tree which each in their different ways has helped to grow.