Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Shakyamuni Buddha

ཤཱཀྱ་ཐུབ་པ། 释迦牟尼佛
(item no. 392)
Origin Location Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Material Ground: Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Interpretation / Description

Avadana Painting #4 containing stories 12-14. From a set of 22 tangkas and 108 stories.

(12) Virudhaka's Revenge, the cause and effect from killing.

(13) The Yaksha Haritaka, the story of a daemoness that steals children and the karmic consequences.

(14) Performance of the Miracles, Shakyamuni performs miraculous displays for the benefit of six tirthakas.

The New Karma Gadri Avadana paintings were conceived and sponsored by Situ Panchen Chokyi Jungne (1700-1774). From the first set of paintings numerous copies were later made.

[Story names from Leaves of the Heaven Tree, the Great Compassion of the Buddha by Padma Chopel, 19th century. (Based on the Bodhisattvavadanakalpata of Kshemendra, 11th century). Translated by Deborah Black. Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1997.]

Jeff Watt 4-2000

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