Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Dalai Lama V, Ngagwang Lobzang Gyatso

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 2223)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male


Interpretation / Description

Ngagwang Lobzang Gyatso, the Great Fifth Dalai Lama (1617-1682).

At the top left side is Vajrayogini according to the Naropa tradition of the Sakya School. At the upper right side is Jinba Gyatso (1629-1695 [TBRC P3451]), the Forty-sixth Ganden Tripa, throne holder of Ganden monastery, seat of authority for the Gelug Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Jinba Gyatso is identified by name inscription.

In the sky in front is a standing figure of Lokeshvara surrounded by a rainbow sphere. Below to the right is the Potala Palace named after the pureland of Lokeshvara.

At the lower left side is Brahmanarupa Mahakala. Two monastic figures and a Chinese visitor are depicted at the lower right side.

Ye Dharma Formula: Om ye dharma hetu prabhava hetum tesham tathagato hyavadat tesham cha yo nirodha evam vadi maha shramana svaha

Translation: "All phenomena arise from causes; Those causes have been taught by the Tathagata, And their cessation too has been proclaimed by the Great Shramana." (Rigpa Shedra translation).

Om supra tishtha vajraya [vajraye] svaha.

མཚོ་སྐྱེས་རྡོ་རྗེའི་འཕྲིན་ལས་རོལ་པའི་བྱིན། ངག་གི་དབང་ཕྱུག་གྲུབ་པའི་བློ་གྲོས་ཅན། རླབས་ཆེན་བཟང་པོའི་སྤྱོད་པས་འགྲོ་ཀུན་འདྲེན། འདུལ་འོས་རྒྱ་མཚོའི་མགོན་དེས་རྟག་ཏུ་སྐྱོངས།

"By the blessing of activities of the Lake-born Vajra,
With intelligence attainment of Master of speech,
Leading all beings by magnificent moral conduct,
Ocean-like lord constantly protect those tame-able ones."

Jeff Watt & Karma Gellek 2-2017

Front of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: Throne Holder Jinba Gyatso.

Wylie Transliteration of Inscription: gri chen sbyin pa rgya tsho.

Reverse of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: Ye dharma dharani formula. Patience verse. Miscellaneous mantras of blessing.

Special Features: (Cursive script (Umay), is black, includes "Om Ah Hum" inscription)

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