Jamyang’s calligraphy is a harmonious dance of Buddhist images and elements with his passion for Tibetan language. His rich nature of art encompassing Buddha’s Body, Speech and Mind all in one inspired Lama Zopa Rinpoche to call it “Dharma Art”.

Boldly experimenting with various mediums and styles, Jamyang's work is a constantly evolving art where contemporary style and technique meets the rich cultural heritage of Buddhism and the Tibetan language.

Jamyang worked as senior official for the Government of Sikkim, India and later joined the Tibetan Government in Exile. Jamyang currently works for the Conservancy for Trans Himalayan Arts and Culture, an NGO dedicated to the preservation of Tibet's living cultural heritage in Tibetan cultural areas and communities around the world. Jamyang is the current world record holder for the longest calligraphy scroll. He lives and works in Sikkim, India.

Artist Statement

Artistic expression of Tibetan values through calligraphy

With the constant effort of the greatest Buddhist masters of our time led by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso, Buddhist science and Buddhist philosophy has found international acceptance as the ethics of the new millennium. Tibetan civilization has been molded by the essence of this great religion and adopted as Tibetan values. It is important for us, Tibetans, to preserve and promote these values as our universal responsibility, more so now that many of our own brothers and sisters are scattered all over the world in complete alien environment.

Tibetan calligraphy is much less well-known than Islamic, Persian and Chinese calligraphy and this beautiful art form is near extinction. My task as an artist and Tibetan is to protect and transfer priceless Tibetan values through calligraphy and encourage others to study and preserve this dying tradition. 

 I have focused my calligraphy in u-med form to exhibit free and various styles representing the depth, flexibility and artistic flavor of the Tibetan calligraphy that no computer can capture and standardize.

 I have also used brush and acrylic paints on canvases with the hope that many younger artists will wish to continue to experiment with this medium to develop new artistic forms of expression of our values. This work represents my attempt to bridge ancient Tibetan traditions and modern arts in order to express a contemporary Tibetan identity.
- Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar, Artist.

Homage to Geshe Lobsang Tharchin la

(1921 - 2004)

Geshe la was popularly known to our generation in exile as Shimla choe-ge (spiritual teacher of Shimla School). It was most fortunate to have met such a wonderful teacher who taught us the basic foundation of Tibetan language including calligraphy and whose kindness can never be repaid in many lives. As a refugee student in Tibetan school, Shimla, we learnt the basics of Tibetan calligraphy on wooden plans with bamboo reeds, a practice abandoned these days in schools.

Geshe la escaped to India in 1959, with His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, and tens of thousands of other Tibetans. He was on the board of expert committee who wrote the first Tibetan textbooks for a Tibetan curriculum to be used in refugee schools. He taught in Darjeeling, Shimla, and Mussoorie.

In 1972, Geshe la was chosen by H.H. the Dalai Lama to come to the United States to participate in a project involving the translation of Buddhist scriptures. Upon its completion, he was invited to serve as the Abbot of Rashi Gempil Ling Temple in New Jersey, a position that he held until his recent demise, on December 1, 2004.