Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Padmasambhava - (Main Form)

པད་མ་འབྱུང་གནས། 莲花生大士
(item no. 54339)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Nyingma and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Field Museum of Natural History
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: King

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P4956

Interpretation / Description

Padmasambhava (Tibetan: pe ma jung ne. English: Lotus Born): also known as Guru Rinpoche (Precious Teacher).

Pemasambhava Pema Jungne Biographical Information [TBRC]

Considered by many Tibetan Buddhists as principal among the many teachers to bring Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century, Padmasambhava has numerous forms representing outer, inner and secret aspects of his spiritual being. Within the Oral (Kama) Tradition of the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava was born in Northern India as the son of a king or minister. In the 'Revealed Treasure' (Terma) Tradition he was born on a lotus in Dhanakosha lake as an emanation of the Buddha Amitabha. There is also evidence that Padmasambhava came from South India and that he was the brother-in-law of the Indian Abbott Shantirakshita, builder of the first monastery in Tibet - Samye Chokor Ling. (See Padmasambhava Life-story Painting).

The images in the painting above depict the teachings and visual forms as described in the 'Revealed Treasure' (terma) teaching, of the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, known as the Ngar Pan Yontan Dzo. (See other paintings depicting this same subject matter).

Jeff Watt 7-2010

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