Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Vajrayogini (Buddhist Deity) - (Naropa Tradition)

རྡོ་རྗེ་རྣལ་འབྱོར་མ། སྣང་བརྙན་ཡོངས། 金刚瑜伽佛母(全图)
(item no. 2210)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Sakya, Ngor (Sakya) and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Semi-Peaceful

Gender: Female

Interpretation / Description

Vajrayogini and the Pure Land of Khechara (Tibetan: dor je nal jor ma, kha cho), from the tradition of mahasiddha Naropa. A deity of the Anuttarayoga wisdom class arising out of the Chakrasamvara cycle of Tantras.

"...Vajrayogini standing above a lotus and sun, with the right foot extended pressing on red Kalaratri and the left bent on black Bhairava. With a body red in colour, one face, two hands, in the right a curved knife pointed downward and the left a nectar filled skullcup, held above, with the face clearly looking upward. A katvanga is carried on the left shoulder, with a tied damaru, crown of five dried human skulls and with a necklace of fifty dry; adorned with five bone ornaments, black hair in strands, three eyes, very beautiful, standing in the middle of a blazing fire of pristine awareness." [This was composed] by Arya [Chogyal Phagpa] in the Male Fire Mouse year [1276], 2nd month, 8th day. Transcribed by Acharya).

At the top right and left side are four Sakya teachers all wearing monastic robes and red pandita hats of various types.

At the bottom left are the two dancing skeletons, protectors of the Vajrayogini cycle of practice, Arya Shmashana Adhipati. At the right side is the wealth deity Yellow Jambhala.

Guru Lineage: Vajradhara, Vajrayogini, Mahasiddha Naropa, Pamtingpa, Sherab Tseg, Mal Lotsawa, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, Sonam Tsemo, Dragpa Gyaltsen, Sakya Pandita, Chogyal Pagpa, etc.

Jeff Watt 4-2017

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