Inscription: The inscription on the painting's reverse begins with a Tibetan transliteration of a Sanskrit dedicatory formula commonly used in India from an early period and seen, for example, in the colophons of Indian medieval manuscripts. The Sanskrit verse reads:
"Ye dharma hetu prabhava hetu tesham tathagatam...teshan...ye...nirodha he avadat mahasramana."
It may be translated as follows:
"Those things which have an origin in a cause, their cause the Tathagata has stated, and their cessation".
It thus summarizes the essential achievements of Sakyamuni Buddha. This is followed by a brief inscription composed in Tibetan:
"Patience, the most holy ascetic practice, is the best means of attaining nirvana (lit., going beyond suffering), thus the Buddha has said. In causing harm to another and in causing harm to another monk one does not acquire religious merit."