Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama)

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 35802)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Drukpa (Kagyu) and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Interpretation / Description

Tarchin Chenpo Pema Ozer: teacher of the Drugpa Kagyu tradition.

The inscription along the bottom of the composition reads: 'To Tarchin Chenpo Pema Ozer I pay homage and bow!'

The reverse of the painting makes reference again to Pema Ozer and also to the Drug Choling monastery which most likely refers to the head monastery of the Drugpa Kagyu tradition which is located in the mountains just outside of the town of Gyantse in Tsang Province.

At the top center is white Lokeshvara. On the left side is orange Manjushri and on the right is blue Vajrapani. Together these figures are known as the 'Three Lords of the World.'

Slightly below the 'Three Lords' on the left and right sides are two unidentified teachers. At the lower left side is the wealth deity Yellow Jambhala. On the right side is Black Jambhala.

Jeff Watt 3-2014

Front of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: To Tarchin Chenpo Pema Ozer I pay homage and bow!

Reverse of Painting
Special Features: (Cursive script (Umay), includes "Om Ah Hum" inscription)

Secondary Images