Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Eight Pronouncement Deities

བཀའ་བརྒྱད་ལྷ་ཚོགས། 八大法行
(item no. 15202)
Origin Location Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Nyingma and Karma (Kagyu)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Shechen Archives - photographs
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Guru Dragpo, Heruka (Tibetan: drag tung. English: Blood-drinker): from the Lama Gongdu Cycle of Revealed Treasure (Tibetan: ter ma) teachings of the Nyingma tradition.

Sanskrit: Heruka Tibetan: Drag tung

Fearsome and wrathful in appearance, red in colour, with three faces and six hands he embraces the consort with the first pair while holding a blue vajra scepter and a white blood filled skullcup. The two remaining outstretched right hands hold a hammer and a mass of flames. The two left hands hold a black scorpion and a corpse stick. The dark-red, two-armed, consort holds a skullcup and a hammer. Standing on two prone forms, a scorpion, a sun disc and multi-coloured lotus seat, they are surrounded by the brightly burning orange flames of pristine awareness fire.

Eight main retinue couples surround the central pair. Minor figures stand in various dancing postures in the foreground. Seated at the top left and right are two lineage lamas wearing orange and blue hats.

Sanggye Lingpa (1340-1396) discovered the 'Middling Collection of Precepts, the Gathering of the Guru's Intention' (Tibetan: ka du bar wa la ma gong pa du pa) in the great cave of Puri Rinchen Barwa in the year 1364.

Jeff Watt 11-2000

Secondary Images
Related Items
Thematic Sets
Tradition: Kagyu Deity Paintings
Tradition: Nyingma Deity Paintings
Padmasambhava: Guru Dragpo Main Page
Buddhist Deity: Heruka
Padmasambhava: Guru Dragpo Heruka
Painting Set: Lama Gongdu 1
Collection of Shechen Archives: Gallery I