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Entries for month: May 2013

Svastika & Bliss Whorl - Added

May 31, 2013 ·

The bliss whorl design in Himalayan and Tibetan art can have a similar appearance to the svastika shape. Because of this similarity between the two shapes it is then possible to misidentify the symbol being observed. It is important to know the differences and also the definition and forms of the bliss whorl.

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Svastika : Yungdrung Page - Updated

May 31, 2013 ·

The Svastika - Yungdrung Page has been updated.

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Eye Clearing Avalokiteshvara - Updated

May 31, 2013 ·

The gallery of the Eye Clearing Avalokiteshvara has been updated.

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Vajra Scepter Initiation Cards - Added

May 31, 2013 ·

A selection of vajra scepters from various sets of initiation cards (tsakalai). Some such as the yellow and gold are considered peaceful and some like the black or with flames are considered wrathful. There are also double vajras (vishvavajra) and examples paired with bells and other ritual instruments.

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Early Paintings of Teachers

May 29, 2013 ·

A gallery of early paintings of Buddhist teachers spanning the 11th to 14th centuries. In later paintings primarily after the 14th century when large central figures are facing to the right or left it most often implies that the painting belongs to a set of compositions depicting a series of lineage teachers. In those cases the entire set of compositions is intended to be displayed together as a unit - a single work of art made up of many individual compositions.

The images in this gallery appear to be essentially single compositions intended to stand alone. In the Taglung style paintings of Kagyu themes for example the secondary figures at the top are uniformly the early Dagpo Kagyu Lineage. The secondary figures at the sides and bottom register are also fairly uniform and generally include the following figures: miscellaneous lineage teachers, Eight Mahasiddhas, Four Guardian Kings, Chakrasamvara, Vajrayogini, Hayagriva, Aparajita, Jambhala, Mahakala and Shri Devi Dorje Rabtenma.

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Padmasambhava: Early Images in Painting - Added

May 13, 2013 ·

A gallery of early painted depictions of Padmasambhava spanning the 13th to 16th centuries. Only two of the early works depict Padmasambhava as the central figure. The remaining images present him as a minor figure or within the lineage teachers in the uppermost register of the composition. The vast majority of artworks depicting Padmasambhava are post 17th century.

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Black Hayagriva Riding a Tiger - Added

May 13, 2013 ·

A page for the 'Revealed Treasure' deity Black Hayagriva Riding a Tiger has been added. More images will be included as they are identified.

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Guru Chowang 'Treasure Revealer' - Added

May 13, 2013 ·

A main page for Guru Chowang has been added along with a short biography. More images will be included as they are identified.

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Nyangral Related Images - Added

May 13, 2013 ·

A page collecting together images of the Revealed Treasure Traditions of Nyangral Nyima Ozer has been added. More images will be included as they are identified. Five of the examples have depictions of Nyangral along with an accompanying Tibetan name inscription.

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Nyangral Nyima Ozer - Added

May 13, 2013 ·

A main page for Nyangral Nyima Ozer has been added along with a biography from the Treasury of Lives website.

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