Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Padmasambhava - Wealth Deity

པད་མ་འབྱུང་གནས། 莲花生大士
(item no. 2241)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Nyingma and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Black Background on Cotton
Collection Private
Catalogue # Edwin C. Cohen Collection, New York
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Treasure Guardian, Padmasambhava as a Wealth Deity. In the appearance of a king he has a furrowed brow with large gazing eyes. In the right hand extended across the knee he holds a vase decorated with a branch of red coral. In the left hand placed in the lap he holds a wish-fulfilling jewel.

At the left side of the composition stands Mandarava and on the right side is Yeshe Tsogyal.

At the top of the composition are three teachers. At the center and to the left they wear monastic attire. The figure on the far right wears what appears to be Chinese clothing.

Various wrathful figures dance to sides and below the large central figure.

On the reverse of the painting there are three separate inscriptions. The first (upper) portion is written in Dakini script, a secret alphabet designed by Nyingma 'Tertons (Treasure Revealers/finders). The second four lines is written in U-me script, and the third is in a hand writing style.

རབ་ཏུ་ཞི་བའི་ཐབས་མཁས་སྣ་ཚོགས་ཀྱིས། འདུལ་མཛད་རྒྱལ་པོ་ནོར་སྐྱོང་དབང་གི་ལྷ། འཁོར་འདས་ལས་འདས་ཞིང་འཕང་མི་གནས། ཀུན་ལས་འདས་པ་རྣམས་ཀྱི་མངའ་བདག་ཆེ།

"By various peaceful and skillful subjugation,
The powerful king Treasure Guardian god,
Without fixation to the pure realm beyond samsara and nirvana,
Is the great lord who surpasses all."

བདེ་གཤེགས་སེམས་དཔའ་དབང་བསྒྱུར་མངའ་ཡང་། དངོས་གྲུབ་མངའ་མཛད་རྒྱས་ཆེ་སྟོབས་ཆེན་བདག། དབྱིངས་ལས་མ་གཡོས་ཞི་བ་གནས་པའི་སྐུ། བདག་ཆེན་བརྩེ་ཆེན་ཁྱོད་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ།

"The Tatagatas and Bodhisattvas possess the power of control,
You also, great powerful one, possess great attainments,
Unwavering in space, the body peacefully remaining,
Great Being, Kind Being, I bow to you."

མངོན་བཀྲ་གཟུགས་ཀྱི་ལེགས་གཏོང་གསར་པའི་འཁྲུལ། རབ་ལོ་ ༠༩༧ དགེ་མཚན་བཀྲ་ཤིས་རི་མོ་འཆར།

"This newly improved form [composition] is beautiful like a miracle. In the Year 697 (1724) this auspicious and beneficial painting appeared.

མཚན་རྟགས་བཟང་པོ་འདིའང་འདི་ན་བཀྲ།

"Even this beautiful signature shines!"

Jeff Watt 2-2017

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