Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Wangdu Nyingpo, Sakya Tridzin 32

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 31222)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Sakya and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Lay Person

Gender: Male

TBRC: P807

Interpretation / Description

Wangdu Nyingpo, Tuchen (1763-1806 [p807]): Patriarch of the Khon Family, the 32nd Sakya Tridzin, the second Padmasambhava of this Age and a renowned Terton (finder of Revealed Treasure). (See the Wangdu Nyingpo Main Page).

Wangdu Nyingpo was considered to be a rebirth of Guhya Siddhi and Ngor Khenchen Palden Chokyong and others. Most of his profound teachings were received from his father Kunga Lodro (1729-1783), the previous Sakya Tridzin, and Muchen Chonyi Yeshe. Wangdu Nyingpo constructed a new Vajrabhairava temple in Sakya with a bigger than life size central image along with the twelve wrathful retinue figures slightly larger than the size of a man. Along with that he constructed a new protector chapel with very large sculpture. Renowned as a 'treasure Revealer' (terton) his writings are still available and read today.

The chronology and narrative of the painting appears to start at the upper left side with a 15 year old Wangdu Nyingpo and his father Sachen Kunga Lodro. The story then continues in a clockwise direction.

Jeff Watt 2-2014

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