Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Padmasambhava - (Main Form)

པད་མ་འབྱུང་གནས། 莲花生大士
(item no. 1003)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Nyingma
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P2000.22.12
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: King

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P4956

Interpretation / Description

Padmasambhava with the two consorts below and various deities and students above.

Pemasambhava Pema Jungne

At the bottom center written in Tibetan script are the names of Mandarava and Yeshe Tsogyal, the two consorts of Padmasambhava. They are Indian and Tibetan respectively. Below that are four lines of prayers. Written across the width of the bottom is the following:

"At the end of the five hundred years,
As a result of bad karma the Tibetan people will suffer continuously,
Recalling your life story and praying to you,
Myself along with the beings of the six realms,
Look upon us with kindness and bestow blessings."

On the reverse of the painting is a depiction of Shakyamuni Buddha surrounded by eight Indian scholars and panditas known as the the Six Ornaments and Two Excellent Ones of the Southern Continent.

Jeff Watt 1-2008

Secondary Images
Related Items
Exhibition Appearances
Exhibition: Padmasambhava, the Second Buddha

Thematic Sets
Padmasambhava: Patchwork Robe Examples
Padmasambhava Main Page
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 9