Beautiful hand-painted thangka from Nepal depicting the Buddha of our times, Guru Rinpoche. Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, helped to establish the Dharma in Tibet in the eighth century by constructing Samye Monastary, the first Buddhist monastary in Tibet. Sitting on a lotus which blooms from out of the blue waters of lake Danakosha, Guru Rinpoche sits in his relaxed royal posture. The khatvanga (trident) held in the crook of his left arm is symbolic of his wisdom consort, Yeshe Tsogyal, who never leaves his side. Its three sharp points symbolize the transmutation of the three poisons (aversion, ignorance, attachment) into the three kayas, or wisdom bodies, of a Buddha. It is said that just to see an image of Guru Rinpoche has great benefit for one's own path of awakening, for it plants a seed in one's mind stream of future accomplishment.
On the lower left of this thangka, is Mandharava, who holds a longevity arrow symbolizing the time she spent in the Maratika Cave with Guru Rinpoche accomplishing the immortality practice of Amitayus. And on the lower right, is Yeshe Tsogyal, Guru Rinpoche's primary student and consort, who helped him to spread the Dharma and conceal teachings as Terma (hidden Dharma treasure) for the future generations of our time.
This lovely thangka can serve as a continuous inspiration for your practice, and for recognizing Rigpa (awakened heart-mind) within in each moment.
Top width: 26 1/2"
Lower dowel: 32 1/2"
Image size: 14 7/8" x 19 7/8"