Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Vajradhara Buddha

རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང། སངས་རྒྱས། 金刚持
(item no. 382)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Nyingma
Size 63.50x48.26cm (25x19in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1996.20.27
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Buddha Dorje Chang surrounded by masters from the Nyingma (rnying ma) lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, the first to develop in Tibet. The first of a set of (at least) five tangkas representing five aspects of Vajradhara (rdo rje 'chang). In each of these tangkas, the main figure is surrounded by masters of one of the main spiritual lineages that appeared in Tibet.

Surrounding figures: The main figure is here surrounded by masters from the Nyingma tradition (rnying ma), which originated in Tibet in the 9th century from Guru Padmasambhava's teachings. The lineage mentioned here, that of the 'gro ba kun grol bears the name of a well known sadhana focused on Avalokiteshvara (spyan ras gzigs, here represented on the lower right corner of the painting), which was revealed by Rigdzin Godem.

Front of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: "Ka (first) tangka of the Guru sadhana related to the peerless Palden D

Wylie Transliteration of Inscription: i) Transliteration (corrected): mtshungs med chos kyi dpal ldan don grub kyi bla grub kyi zhal than ka/ buddha rdo rje 'chang/ 'gro ba kun grol brgyud pa/

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