His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa Thangka Project Fundraiser                                                                                               

Thank you for your interest in this project.

              We are raising funds for the painting of a thangka commemorating His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa's first

visit to the West, with highlights of his subsequent visits. This painting would celebrate His Holiness’s fulfillment of

                        Padmasambhava’s 8th century prophecy foretelling his visit to the Hopi Nation: When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the king will come to the land of the red man."

                            The thangka will include the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa at various events, a reminder of the enormous effort he and his students made in welcoming the Karmapa to the West in a manner befitting a king.


  This proposal arose in recognition that 2024, the Year of the Wood Dragon, marks the 50th Anniversary

        of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa’s first visit to the West in September 1974. Auspiciously, 2024 also marks

the 100th year of the Karmapa's birth in 1924.


The 30X40 inch thangka, with additional brocade frame will cost $7,700.

The work will begin in the month of September. The thangka is estimated to be finished during the third week of February 2025”. 


If you would like to support this project here is some information

on how to make a donation. Donations are not tax deductible. 

                     When the thangka is completed

For donations of $500 or more I will send an 8X10 archival print.

For donations or $200 or more I will send an 5X7 archival print.


Donations can be made in various ways. 

I prefer checks - 

Make the check out to Greg Smith

and send to

151 Shambhala Way

Red Feather Lakes 

CO, 80545


Second preference is Zelle, a direct bank transfer method.

This is available from Chase and many other banks.

Zelle the donation to –



Not preferred but do-able is Paypal or Venmo

Send to gregp13@juno.com

If using these services be sure to note that this is

not a payment but is a gift - otherwise 4% of your donation

goes to the service.


Thank you for your interest in this project

If you have any questions please email me -