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Item: Simhamukha (Buddhist Deity)

སེང་གདོང་མ། ནང་ལྷ། 狮面空行佛母(佛教本尊)
(item no. 53452402)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1900 - 1959
Lineages Nyingma and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Paper
Collection Shechen Archives - photographs
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Simhamukha, Dakini (Tibetan: seng ge dong chen kha dro ma, English: Lion Faced Dakini) according to the Chagme Tradition of the Revealed Treasure (Terma) Tradition of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism.

"Arising from the state of the dharmadhatu, Mother of all conquerors, Queen of all the countless dakinis; With magic powers smashing to dust hindrances and enemies. Homage to Simhamukha." (Nyingma liturgical verse).

Within the Nyingma School, of the two divisions of Kama (Oral Teachings) and Terma (Revealed Treasures), Simhamukha belongs to the Terma. From the three general divisions of Terma: Root, Branch and Essence, Simhamukha belongs to the Dakini Cycle within the Root Terma class. Generally she is regarded as the secret form of Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava. In the Sarma Tradition the deity Simhamukha is associated with the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Tantras and although similar in name and appearance is unrelated.

See other forms of Simhamukha from the Rinchen Terdzo collection of Revealed Treasures, volume NYA:
- Bodong Sengdong
- Jatson Sengdong
- Longsal Sengmar
- Chagme Sengdong
- Tagsham Sengmar.

Jeff Watt 5-2009

Related Items
Thematic Sets
Buddhist Deity: Simhamukha Main Page
Initiation Cards: Rinchen Terdzo Volume NYA