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.
A guide to approx sizes
A3: paper size 42x29.7cm, image size 40x28cm
A2: paper size 59.4x42cm, image size 57x40cm
70x50cm paper size, image size 68x48cm