Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - (unidentified, male, lay)

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 2225)
Origin Location Bhutan
Lineages Nyingma, Drukpa (Kagyu, Bhutan) and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Lay Person

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Teacher of the Bhutanese Dorje Lingpa Tradition.

At the upper left side is a seated figure, Dorje Lingpa, with a blue hat and arms upraised holding a double-sided drum and a bell.

At the top center is Samantabhadra Buddha with white Vajrasattva on the left followed by an unidentified figure. On the right side is Vairochana Pandita followed by Padmasambhava.

Descending down the sides and at the bottom of the composition are eleven more secondary figures, one female, some with hats and all wear lay attire.

The Nyingma 'Treasure' tradition of Dorje Lingpa passed to his son Choyingpa and continues down through a family line which still exists today. It is most likely that this composition depicts the important teachers of that family tradition.

Jeff Watt 2-2017

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