Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Sonam Tsemo

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 68307)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Sakya and Buddhist
Material Metal
Collection Nyingjei Lam
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Lay Person

Gender: Male

TBRC: P1618

Interpretation / Description

Sonam Tsemo (1142-1182).

Sonam Tsemo is counted as one of the five founding teachers of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He was a layman and generally depicted with long sleeves covering both arms. He is sometimes shown with long flowing straight hair similar to Dromton and at other times he is has short curly hair similar to his younger brother Dragpa Gyaltsen.

Jeff Watt 1-2020

Tibetan Printed Script (Uchen)
English Transliteration: "Om svasti! This statue of Lobpon Rinpoche [Sonam Tsemo], For parents mainly, and all sentient beings, Was created by the family in order to obtain buddhahood, May the results of cause and effect be realized. Mangalam!"
Wylie Transliteration: om svasti. slob dpon rin po che sku 'dra 'di. pha ma'i rtso byas sems can rnam. sangs rgyas thob phyir b[ja]' mi bzhengs. rgyu 'brels mkhas sbyod thob par shogs. mangalam.

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