Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Jnana Dakini (Buddhist Deity) - (Three Faces, Six Arms)

ཡེ་ཤེས་མཁའ་འགྲོ་མ། ནང་ལྷ། 智慧空行母(佛教本尊)
(item no. 30114)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Buddhist
Material Metal, Mercuric Gild, Stone Inset: Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Semi-Peaceful

Gender: Female

TBRC: W25336

Interpretation / Description

Jnana Dakini (ye shes mkha' 'gro ma): a female Tantric deity from the Chaturpita Tantra (TBRC w25336) belonging to the Anuttarayoga classification of Tantra. She is the consort of the deity Yogambara.

Jnana Dakini, blue in colour (sometimes red or maroon) has three faces and six arms, slightly peaceful and slightly wrathful in appearance. In the three right hands she holds a vajra scepter, axe and katvanga staff. In the left hands she holds bell, skullcup and sword. In a relaxed posture she sits atop a lion.

"Seated above a lion, variously [coloured] lotus and moon seat is Jnana Dakini, blue [in colour], with three faces, blue, white and red, and six arms. Each face has three eyes. The right three hands hold a katvanga staff, axe and vajra scepter. The right three [hands] hold a bell, blood filled skullcup and a sword. Adorned with a skull garland and the five mudras, [she] is seated in sattva posture in the middle of a fiercely blazing mass of pristine awareness fire." (bod brgyud nang bstan lha tshogs chen mo bshugs so, page 388).

Jeff Watt 2-2014

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