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Entries for month: August 2013

Atisha Masterworks - Added

August 31, 2013 ·

An Atisha Gallery has been added to the Masterworks Main Page.

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White Tara Masterworks - Added

August 31, 2013 ·

A White Tara Gallery has been added to the Masterworks Main Page.

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The Myth About Three-eyed Deities

August 25, 2013 ·

There is a prevalent myth concerning Eastern deities or gods that have three eyes - two regular and a third eye at the center of the forehead. The myth with regard to Buddhist iconography and Himalayan style art is that any deity with three eyes means that the deity is enlightened and on the same level as a Buddha.

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Who is Padmapani?

August 25, 2013 ·

Padmapani, as a name for Lokeshvara, is very much a Sanskrit language term coming out of the Sutra and Mahayana traditions of Buddhism. The Tibetan language translation of the name Padmapani is not easily found in the Tibetan literature. The name is also not commonly, if ever, found in Vajrayana Buddhism where the forms of Lokeshvara are understood as meditational deities with clear descriptions and meanings taught in the various Tantra texts. The most common Sanskrit names for the deity in Vajrayana Buddhism are Lokeshvara, Avalokita, Avalokiteshvara, Lokanata and Mahakarunika. After that there are scores of names for specific forms of Lokeshvara - peaceful, wrathful and in-between.

It is interesting to note that in the study of Art History the term Padmapani is almost exclusively used with reference to sculpture and not painting.

The general description of Padmapani is of a peaceful male deity, seated or standing, wearing a crown, jewels and heavenly garments, holding a flower, or stem of a flower in the left hand that blossoms at the level of the shoulder. This type of appearance can also be called bodhisattva appearance. Peaceful deity appearance and bodhisattva appearance are the same. Any figure that fits this description could also be called a 'lotus holder' without drawing a connection to Lokeshvara.

A specific description of Lokeshvara Padmapani and a positive identification requires in addition to the characteristics above, Amitabha Buddha on the crown of the head, and a krishnasara deer skin over the left shoulder.

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Prajnaparamita Masterworks - Added

August 22, 2013 ·

A Prajnaparamita Gallery has been added to the Masterworks Main Page.

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Milarepa Main Page - Updated

August 14, 2013 ·

The Milarepa Main Page has been updated with new images and pages along with smoother navigation between pages. Additional work has been done on identifying single composition life stories and life story painting sets.

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Masterworks Page - Updated

August 14, 2013 ·

The Masterworks Main Page has been divided for easier navigation into three sub sections: Subject Sets, Teachers and Deities.

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School of Zanabazar Sculpture Masterworks - Added

August 13, 2013 ·

A School of Zanabazar Gallery has been added to the Masterworks Main Page.

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Dalai Lama Main Page - Updated

August 13, 2013 ·

The Dalai Lama Main Page has been updated with additional images and content.

The only complete painting sets of the Dalai Lama incarnation lineage are the Gold Silk Set of Tibet House, New Delhi, and the five composition set of the Field Museum, Chicago. Both sets use the same exact iconographic model. The Tibet House set is unpainted while the Field Museum is fully painted and one of the finest examples known.

Unlike the subject of the Panchen Lamas, the Dalai Lama subject has very few paintings where the incarnation lineage is composed within a single painting. Only one example is represented here - single composition full lineage.

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Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo Masterworks - Added

August 13, 2013 ·

A Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo Gallery has been added to the Masterworks Main Page.

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