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Twenty-one Taras (Sadhana-samucchaya) - Added

September 30, 2013 ·

These paintings of Tara surrounded by an additional twenty-one forms are conditionally designated as describing the Sadhana-sammucchaya Tradition. The only reason for this designation is because they do not fit into the Suryagupta system where each form of Tara has a different appearance, colour, numbers of heads, arms, attributes, etc. They also do not fit into the Atisha system where each Tara holds a vase in the extended right hand. They again do not fit into either of the two Nyingma systems where the principal symbolic attribute of the deity is depicted above the flower blossom on the left hand side.

It is very possible that other traditions and systems for describing the Twenty-one Taras will be found or discovered in rare religious texts.

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Eight Forms of Padmasambhava - Updated

September 30, 2013 ·

The individual links for the Eight Forms of Padmasambhava on the subject main page have been updated with additional images.

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Tara Main Page - Updated

September 28, 2013 ·

The Tara Main Page has been updated with new navigation, links and images.

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Twenty-one Taras of Atisha in a Single Composition - Added

September 28, 2013 ·

A gallery page for the Twenty-one Taras according to the tradition of Jowo Atisha - in a single composition - has been added to the related Tara pages.

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Bhaviveka, Indian Scholar - Updated

September 28, 2013 ·

The Bhaviveka Page has been updated. As a central figure he is typically found as a pre-incarnation in the line of Tibetan Panchen Lamas. Bhaviveka can be found as a secondary figure in other compositions but not usually as a central figure. One of the very best painting examples belongs to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Dhritarashtra Masterworks - Added

September 27, 2013 ·

A Dhritarashtra Gallery has been added to the Masterworks Main Page. Dhritarashtra is traditionally the Guardian of the East, or Eastern Direction.

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Virudhaka Masterworks - Added

September 27, 2013 ·

A Virudhaka Gallery has been added to the Masterworks Main Page. Virudhaka is traditionally the Guardian of the South, or Southern Direction.

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Virupaksha Masterworks - Added

September 27, 2013 ·

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

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Shavaripa, the Hunter - Updated

September 26, 2013 ·

The page for the Indian mahasiddha, Shavaripa has been updated. Shavaripa typically appears holding a bow and arrow. Often he wears a lower skirt of peacock feathers.

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Panchen Lama Incarnation Extended Lineage - Painting Set

September 26, 2013 ·

There are three standard visual presentations for depicting the Panchen Lama Incarnation and Pre-incarnation Lineage. They can be described as short, medium and long. The shortest of the three numbers thirteen figures [13] in total and the best and most complete example of this is a set of paintings in the collection of Tibet House, New Delhi.

The medium length enumeration and visual depiction adds two more figures - Padmasambhava and Atisha for a total of fifteen [15]. A wood block print edition of the Prajnaparamita Sutra decorated with numerous Buddhas, deities, individual teachers and lineages of teachers and incarnations best highlights the inclusion of the two additional figures of the medium enumeration.

The longest presentation of the incarnation lineage adds four more Indian teachers for a total of nineteen [19] individuals and potentially nineteen individual painted compositions. The numbers of thirteen, fifteen and nineteen are all three based on the central figure of the earliest and most important of the sets being the person of the 3rd Panchen Lama, Lobzang Palden Yeshe (1738-1780). It was during the later life of the 3rd Panchen that the sets of incarnation paintings became widespread and popular.

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