Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Amitabha/Amitayus Buddha - Amitayus (Sambhogakaya)

སངས་རྒྱས་འོད་དཔག་མེད། 无量寿佛
(item no. 30987)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1900 - 1959
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Peaceful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Amitayus Buddha, White Tara and Ushnishavijaya. Collectively they are known as the Three Long Life Deities. The painting depicts at the top right and left the two 20th century teachers Pabongkha Dechen Nyingpo (1878-1941) and the 14th Dalai Lama (b.1935). The two images appear as if they were created using well known black and white photographs of the time. It is possible that the artist is Amdo Jampa Tseten (1911-202) who was encouraged by Gendun Chophel (1903-1951) to do photo realistic portraits.

At the top center is Tsongkapa with the two principal students Gyaltsab and Khedrub. To the left is the 14th Dalai Lama seated on a throne. At the far left is Maitreya in the Tushita Heaven.

At the top right is the Gelug teacher Pabongkha Dechen Nyingpo seated on a throne. At the far right is Amitabha Buddha seated in Sukhavati.

At the bottom center is Shadbhuja Mahakala with six arms. On the left side is the buffalo faced Yama Dharmaraja and Shri Devi Magzor Gyalmo riding a mule. On the right side is Vaishravana Riding a Lion and Dorje Shugden atop a blue lion.

Jeff Watt 5-2013

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Painting Type: Landscape Format & Subject
Collection of Shelley & Donald Rubin
Collection of Shelley & Donald Rubin
Teacher: Pabongkha Dechen Nyingpo
Painting: Photo Realism Main Page
Buddhist Deity: Dorje Shugden (Gelug, Minor Figure)
Subject: Three Long-life Deities
Collection: Private 32
Painting Type: Landscape Format (Deities & Figures)