Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Buddhashri

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 269)
Origin Location Central Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Sakya and Ngor (Sakya)
Size 91.44x58.42cm (36x23in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1996.13.1
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: P3296

Interpretation / Description

Buddhashri (1339-1419. Tibetan: sang gye pal): surrounded by the lineage teachers of the Yogachara tradition of the Bodhisattva ordination, made famous in India by the two brothers Asanga and Vasubhandu. Buddhashri was also the principal teacher of Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo, the founder of the Ngor sub-school of Sakya.

In the middle of the bottom register are Sita Prajnaparamita and Sita Vajravarahi, both white in colour and functioning as Wisdom Deities with the purpose of increasing wisdom and knowledge in the practitioner.

The painting was commissioned by Lhachog Sengge (1468-1535) and the artist's name was Dorje Tsetan.

Biographical Details

Jeff Watt 4-2001

Front of Painting
Wylie Transliteration of Inscription: grub pa'i dbang phug budha' shri' sems tsam lugs kyi brgyud pa dang bcas pa'i zhabs kyi padmo la. bdag sha' kya' dge slong lha mchog seng ge phag 'tshal zhing skyabs su 'chio. skye ba dang tshe rab kun du rjes su bzung du gsol. pir 'dzin dbang po rdo rje tshe brtan yin. man ga lam.

Secondary Images
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Subject: Margapala Lineage Paintings (Sakya)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery VII
Tradition: Sakya Teachers
Painting Style: Tibet (Balri)
Painting Set: Margapala (Miscellaneous)
Buddhist Deity: Vajravarahi, White
Buddhist Deity: Prajnaparamita, White
Teacher: Lhachog Sengge
Collection of RMA: Best of Collection 1
Teacher: Sakya (Masterworks)
Subject: Ngor Tradition (Teachers)
Subject: Ngor Masterworks
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Chronology: Sakya Painting & Sculpture - Dated