Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Padmasambhava - 8 Forms: Dorje Drolo

པད་མ་འབྱུང་གནས། 莲花生大士
(item no. 528)
Origin Location Central Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Nyingma and Buddhist
Size 60.96x40.64cm (24x16in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# F1996.31.14
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Dorje Drolo, wrathful form of Padmasambhava, holding a vajra in the upraised right hand and a 'kila' dagger in the left; standing atop a pregnant tigress and surrounded by various story vignettes.

At the top center is the teacher Ngagwang Kunsang Dorje (1680-1723 [P662]), the 4th Peling Sungtrul incarnation, also known as the 4th Lhalung Sungtrul. This painting belongs to set of nine paintings illustrating the principal form of Padmasambhava along with the eight special forms relating to eight special periods and events in his life.

Jeff Watt 11-2000

Secondary Images
Related Items
Exhibition Appearances
Exhibition: Padmasambhava, the Second Buddha

Publication: Eternal Presence
Publication: Worlds of Transformation

Thematic Sets
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 3
Padmasambhava: Dorje Drolo Main Page
Exhibition: Artist-in-Residence Showcase
Padmasambhava: Eight Forms Main Page
Padmasambhava: Dorje Drolo (Eight Forms Sets)