Teacher (Lama) - Jigten Sumgon, Drigungpa
(item no. 1034)


1700 - 1799

Drigung (Kagyu) and Kagyu Lineages

Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton

Collection of Rubin Museum of Art

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Jigten Sumgon Ratnashri, Drigung Kyobpa Jigten Gonpo (1143-1217): founder of the Drigung Kagyu School. [TBRC P16].

At the top center is the primordial Buddha Vajradhara. On the viewer's left is Padmasambhava holding a vajra in the upraised right hand and a skullcup in the left. On the right is the meditational deity Manjushri.

At the lower left sits Chokyi Dragpa, the 1st Drigung Chungtsang, (1595-1659 [p2666]). Holding a vajra and bell in the two hands, he wears monastic robes and a pandita hat.

On the viewer's right sits Konchog Trinle Zangpo, the 2nd Drigung Chetsang, #25 in the Danrab (1656-1718 [p416]). With the right hand in the gesture of blessing and the left supporting a book, he wears monastic robes and wears a Gampopa style hat.

At the bottom center is Sahaja Heruka Chakrasamvara embracing Vajrayogini. On the left side is the protector deity Chaturbhuja Mahakala, wrathful, blue in colour, with one face and four hands. On the right is the female protector goddess Achi Chokyi Drolma holding a damaru drum and a skullcup, riding a blue horse.

Jeff Watt 8-2003 [2-2014]

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Teacher: Drigungpa Jigten Sumgon
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