Vajrayogini, Tinuma: belonging to the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Tantras, and in Tibet commonly associated with the 'Three Smaller Red Ones' from the collection of deities known in the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism as the 'Thirteen Golden Dharmas.' (See Thirteen Golden Dharmas outline page). This is the last painting from a set of five or seven paintings in total. However, there is no apparent placement instructions or number on the back of the painting - likely rubbed off over time.
Sanskrit: Vajrayogini Tibetan: Dor je nal jor ma
At the top center is the meditational deity of purification - Vajrasattva in solitary aspect. At the right and left sides are long-life deities. At the bottom center is a worldly protector deity. At the lower right and left are four figures of Tara from the group of Twenty-one Taras according to the system of Suryagupta.
At the middle left, holding a red triangular object, is Tara Burning Suffering. At the middle right, holding a vase, is Tara Giving Rise to Attainments. At the bottom left riding a bird is Tara Greatly Increasing. At the bottom right riding a buffalo is Tara Accomplishing the Complete perfection.
The painting was commissioned by Depa Rinpoche Tashi Kangsar and the verses of blessing on the back of the painting were put there by Tendzin Yeshe Lhundrub - possibly the artist.
Jeff Watt 7-2010
Reverse of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: [Extensive blessing and dedication on the back of the painting].