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Red Avalokiteshvara of Pema Lingpa

November 25, 2012 ·

Pema Lingpa (1450-1521) was a Treasure Revealer of the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. (See a short biography).

'The Very Condensed Essence' Avalokiteshvara has one face and two hands, red in colour, seated in vajrasana posture. In the right hand he holds to the heart a lotus garland (mala). The left hand is in the lap and holds a nectar vase with a lotus flower above. Seated in the lap is the consort, the great mother, Sangyema, red in colour and holding the same objects as Avalokiteshvara. In the literature describing in full the appearance and surroundings of Avalokiteshvara there are a number of other deities and figures.

This form of Avalokiteshvara is commonly mistaken for the deity Amitayus Buddha.

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Pema Lingpa: "Treasure Revealer of Bhutan"

March 17, 2012 ·

Pema Lingpa is one of the most famous Nyingma Terton's of Bhutan. His legacy extends throughout Bhutan, Tibet and the Himalayan regions. The murals located on the third floor of the Lhukang Temple situated behind the Potala Palace in Lhasa are believed to depict tantric systems based on the writings of Pema Lingpa.

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