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Entries for month: April 2013

Krishna Yamari Masterworks Page - Added

April 30, 2013 ·

Krishna Yamari has been added to the Masterworks Index Page.

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Samantabhadra the Primordial Buddha - Updated

April 29, 2013 ·

Samantabhadra The Primordial Buddha, representing the Dharmakaya (truth body of enlightenment) according to the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Samantabhadra Buddha and Samantabhadra the Bodhisattva are unrelated and not the same subject or entity. The first is a special buddha unique to the Nyingma Tantric Tradition. The second is a bodhisattva that arises from the Mahayana Sutra literature.

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Samantabhadra the Bodhisattva - Updated

April 29, 2013 ·

Samantabhadra is a bodhisattva known from the Mahayana Sutras. He is most often depicted in art as a member of the group known as the Eight Great Bodhisattvas which include the famous Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani. Unlike those three figures Samantabhadra never gained the same popularity and was not elevated in the Tantric literature to the level of a meditational deity (ishtadevata). Samantabhadra the bodhisattva is unrelated to Samantabhadra the primordial Buddha of the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Milarepa Depicted in Mountain Settings - Added

April 29, 2013 ·

Sculptural images of Milarepa depicted in mountain settings have been added. The examples exhibited are from Mongolia, China and Tibet.

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Milarepa Main Page - Updated

April 29, 2013 ·

The Milarepa Main Page has been updated with additional images and information.

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Asymmetrical Bon Refuge Field

April 24, 2013 ·

A third example of a Bon Refuge Field painting retains a small image of Nyamme Sherab Gyaltsen at the center but is asymmetrical compared with the the two main types of Bon Refuge Fields. This example was designed by Lobpon Tenzin Namdak and painted by the artist Lablo Namkha in 1968.

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Refuge Field with Nyamme Sherab Gyaltsen

April 24, 2013 ·

Another type of Bon Refuge Field (Field of Accumulation) places the teacher Nyamme Sherab Gyaltsen at the center of the composition. All scroll paintings and murals of Bon Refuge Fields so far identified are creations of the late 19th and 20th centuries.

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Bon Refuge Field of Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen

April 24, 2013 ·

The circular Refuge Field (Field of Accumulation) compositions of the Bon religion that use the deity Shenlha Okar as the central figure are believed to have been designed by Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen (1859-1933) in the early 20th century based on a dream or vision. 

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Yantra of People - Added

April 14, 2013 ·

Yantra of People are generally used for various types of protection. The most common yantra is that of Jatson Nyingpo (1585-1656) a famous 'treasure revealer' of the Nyingma Terma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He studied both Nyingma and Sarma traditions and was a prolific writer with over 300 texts to his name.

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Yantras of Letters & Combinations - Added

April 14, 2013 ·

Yantra have a very wide range of purposes such as healing, matchmaking, acquisition of wealth, protection and the disposal of enemies and obstacles. Yantras of just a few letters and combinations of letters and words are the most difficult type of yantra when attempting to determine the intended meaning. There are Sanskrit and Tibetan language published collections of yantra which explain how to draw them and their intended use, astrologically auspicious day for creation, and so on.

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